College Football Playoff: Alabama assumes top spot, FSU falls to No. 3

Florida State keeps winning, but it won't be good enough to be the No. 1 seed. (USATSI)
Florida State keeps winning, but it won't be good enough to be the No. 1 seed. (USATSI)

Alabama ended Mississippi State's dreams of an undefeated season and grabbed hold of the race in the SEC and for the No. 1 overall seed in the playoff.

I have been projecting Florida State as the top seed, but the committee sent a message this week that undefeated doesn't mean much by itself. They moved Oregon ahead of the Seminoles last week, and with the schedules each team has left, there is no reason to think that order will change unless Oregon loses.

On top of that, the Seminoles' strength of schedule took a hit this week with losses by the two ranked teams they had beaten previously. Clemson lost at Georgia Tech and Notre Dame was upset at home by Northwestern. It's possible that FSU will be without a win over a ranked opponent this week.

If Oregon is going to be ahead of Florida State at the end of the year, then certainly a 12-1, SEC champion Alabama would be as well. In fact, the Tide now projects to the top seed overall.

Baylor, which was off this week, remains in the No. 4 spot.  The Bears probably took some small comfort in the fact that they beat Kansas by six touchdowns more than TCU did.

Wisconsin demolished Nebraska to knock the Cornhuskers out of the host bowl projections.  Arizona State's loss to Oregon State dropped the Sun Devils from the projections as well.  Michigan State and Georgia are the replacements.

Also, Clemson dropped out of the ACC spot in the Orange Bowl, and is replaced by Duke.

CBS Sports Senior Writer

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