SEC West Puts Three in Top Four Of First Playoff Poll

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(CBS Sports)- The College Football Playoff selection committee announced its first-ever top 25 rankings on Tuesday with Mississippi State, Florida State, Auburn and Ole Miss — in order — occupying the all-important first four slots.

Dan Mullen’s Bulldogs and Jimbo Fisher’s Seminoles are the only two remaining undefeated Power Five teams in the FBS. Gus Malzahn’s Tigers sit at 6-1 with its only loss at No. 1 Mississippi State, and Hugh Freeze’s Rebels own a win over the Crimson Tide, which checked in at No. 6.

No. 5 Oregon, No. 6 Alabama, No. 7 TCU, No. 8 Michigan State, No. 9 Kansas State and No. 10 Notre Dame round out the committee’s initial top 10.

East Carolina is the highest-ranked “Group of Five” team at No. 23. The highest-ranked such team in the committee’s final rankings will receive an automatic bid to one of the six bowls in the playoff rotation.

The complete College Football Playoff top 25 rankings (as of Oct. 28):

1. Mississippi State (7-0)

2. Florida State (7-0)

3. Auburn (6-1)

4. Ole Miss (7-1)

5. Oregon (7-1)

6. Alabama (7-1)

7. TCU (6-1)

8. Michigan State (7-1)

9. Kansas State (6-1)

10. Notre Dame (6-1)

11. Georgia (6-1)

12. Arizona (6-1)

13. Baylor (6-1)

14. Arizona State (6-1)

15. Nebraska (7-1)

16. Ohio State (6-1)

17. Utah (6-1)

18. Oklahoma (5-2)

19. LSU (7-2)

20. West Virginia (6-2)

21. Clemson (6-2)

22. UCLA (6-2)

23. East Carolina (6-1)

24. Duke (6-1)

25. Louisville (6-2)

The committee’s rankings will be issued weekly on Tuesdays through the end of the season. The four teams ultimately selected by the committee to take part in the inaugural playoff will be seeded 1-through-4 and play semifinals in the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl this coming New Year’s Day, with the first College Footbal Playoff Championship Game to be held in Cowboys Stadium January 12, 2015.

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