Tuscaloosa, Ala. - (al.com) The second week of the College Football Playoff rankings prompted considerably less fanfare Tuesday evening.
Alabama was idle last week, but edged up one spot to No. 5. Last week's No. 4 Ole Miss, which beat Alabama 23-17 on Oct. 4, lost its second straight game Saturday when Auburn came to Oxford. The Rebels dropped to No. 11 after falling 35-31 to Auburn and 10-7 at LSU a week earlier.
LSU, ranked 19th a week ago, moved up to No. 16 entering the 7 p.m. Saturday visit from the Tide. Mississippi State remained No. 1, according to the 12-member committee who produces the ranking weekly.
Oregon moved into the top 4, while it was a close call to determine the fifth- and sixth-ranked teams. TCU beat West Virginia on Saturday while Alabama was idle.
"We looked at the tape, we evaluated the play of those teams and the committee members compared those teams," committee chairman and Arkansas AD Jeff Long told the ESPN audience. "At the end of the day, we felt like Alabama, at this point thus far in the season, is a better team and deserved a higher ranking."
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