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Matt Murschel
Orlando Sentinel

There were plenty of surprises in this week's College Football Playoff rankings, but none more shocking than Oregon knocking Florida State out of the No. 2 spot.

The Seminoles (9-0, 6-0 ACC) remain one of three undefeated teams in the country after beating Virginia on Saturday, but there were concerns that FSU's weak schedule would eventually catch up with the team. It appears that was the case this week.

Oregon (9-1, 6-1 Pac-12) moved up two spots after defeating Utah on Saturday and claiming the Pac-12 North title.

Mississippi State (9-0, 5-0 SEC) remained the top team for the third straight week after defeating UT-Martin on Saturday to remain one of three undefeated teams in the nation.

TCU (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) moved up two spots to No. 4 this week following its 41-20 win over Kansas State.

Alabama (8-1, 5-1 SEC) and Arizona State (8-1, 5-1 Pac-12) remain outside of the Final Four despite both teams coming off big wins during the weekend.

Baylor (8-1, 5-1) moved up from No. 12 to No. 7 after the Bears defeated Oklahoma, 48-14.

If both TCU and Baylor finish out the remainder of the season undefeated, they would be crowned co-champions of the Big 12, but since the league has no championship game, Baylor would be submitted to the selection committee as the league's champion due to its 61-58 head-to-head win over TCU.

Ohio State was one of the week's big winners after the Buckeyes jumped from No. 14 to No. 8 following its defeat of Michigan State in East Lansing on Saturday.

Michigan State dropped to No. 12.

It was the third round of rankings of the season released by the 12-member College Football Playoff selection committee.

The group meets each Monday and Tuesday in Dallas before revealing a new top 25 poll Tuesday evenings live on ESPN. The four teams selected to play in the two semifinal games — this year played at the Rose and Sugar bowls on New Year's Day — will be revealed on Sunday, Dec. 7.

The winners will play for the national championship at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Jan. 12, 2015.

The rankings will also be used to help determine remaining teams involved in the New Year's Six bowls including the Orange, Cotton, Peach and Fiesta. Those pairings will also be announced on Dec. 7.

The highest-ranked non-Power 5 conference champion will earn a spot in one of these bowls.

The members of the 12-person selection committee are: Jeff Long (Chair), Barry Alvarez, Mike Gould, Pat Haden, Tom Jernstedt, Oliver Luck, Tom Osborne, Dan Radakovich, Condoleezza Rice, Mike Tranghese, Steve Wieberg and Tyrone Willingham.

College Football Playoff rankings

1. Mississippi State, 9-0

2. Oregon, 9-1

3. Florida State, 9-0

4. TCU, 8-1

5. Alabama, 8-1

6. Arizona State, 8-1

7. Baylor, 8-1

8. Ohio State, 8-1

9. Auburn, 7-2

10. Mississippi, 8-2

11. UCLA, 8-2

12. Michigan State,7-2

13. Kansas State, 7-2

14. Arizona, 7-2

15. Georgia, 7-2

16. Nebraska, 8-1

17. LSU, 7-3

18. Notre Dame, 7-2

19. Clemson, 7-2

20. Wisconsin, 7-2

21. Duke, 8-1

22. Georgia Tech, 8-2

23. Utah, 6-3

24. Texas A&M, 7-3

25. Minnesota, 7-2

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee will issue weekly rankings each Tuesday, with the final rankings being announced Sunday, Dec. 7. The playoff semifinals will match the No. 1 seed vs. the No. 4 seed, and No. 2 will face No. 3. The semifinals will be hosted at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2015. The championship game will be on Jan. 12, 2015 at Arlington, Texas.