The college football post-season seems to be taking shape with Alabama (11-0), which has led the poll since the pre-season vote, remaining No. 1 and receiving 56 first-place votes and six mentions for second.
The other six first-place votes go to No. 2 Florida State (11-0) but Ohio State (11-0), while remaining third, cut into the gap between it and Florida State.
Oregon, which was No. 2 three weeks ago and fifth last week, falls to 12th. Texas A&M plummets 11 places this week to No. 21. UCLA goes from 14th to No. 22, a fall of eight spots. The biggest gainers are Louisiana State and Arizona State, which move up four places to 15th and 18th, respectively.
Clemson (10-1) goes to fourth and Auburn (10-1) takes over the No 5 spot. They also have two of the highlight games Saturday, with Clemson at No. 9 South Carolina and Auburn playing host to Alabama.
Missouri (10-1), which also faces a ranked opponent Saturday in Texas A&M, is sixth ahead of No. 7 Oklahoma State (10-1) and eighth-ranked Baylor (9-1). Baylor was fourth last week before losing to Oklahoma State. South Carolina (9-2) is ninth and Stanford (9-2) completes the Top 10.
Michigan State (10-1) is up two places, which puts it 11th and ahead of Oregon (9-2). Undefeated Fresno State (10-0) improves three places to 13th and Wisconsin (9-2), also up three, is 14th. LSU (8-3) settles in at 15th.
Louisville (10-1) slips a place to 16th with Oklahoma (9-2) at No. 17 and Arizona State (9-2) coming in 18th. Central Florida (9-1) is voted 19th and Northern Illinois (11-0) moves up to 20th.
Texas A&M (8-3) is No. 21. UCLA (8-3) is 22nd and Southern California (9-3) is 23rd ahead of their game against each other Saturday. Duke (9-2) remains 24th and Cincinnati (9-2) is No. 25.
With Cincinnati entering the Top 25 for the first time this season, Minnesota drops from the rankings.
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