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College football Super 16 rankings

Chris Dufresne, The Times' college football columnist, ranks the top 16 teams

Rankman has no idea what's going on with that other ranking committee. Maybe Condi Rice is not listening to the Grantland Rice in the room, you know, the only former sportswriter on the selection board. Moving Texas Christian to No. 3 by dropping Florida State to No. 4 — as the College Football Playoff Committee did — is insane. Why further separate TCU from Baylor when Baylor defeated TCU? Shouldn't Baylor be moved closer to TCU if the thought is that Baylor, should it defeat Kansas State on Saturday to clinch the Big 12 Conference championship, be jumped over TCU in the final ranking? Offered below is what should be the final four if all the contenders win this weekend. Hey, at least the committee is making things interesting.

1; Alabama 11-1; Saban screams "CONGRATULATIONS!" at Kiffin, who is a finalist for nation's top assistant. (1)

2; Oregon 11-1; There is no way Mariota loses a third straight game to Arizona… is there? (3)

3; Florida State 12-0; Seminoles are a win away from the final four, or falling out of top 10. (2)

4; Baylor 10-1; School hires PR firm "Hadyer, Chance & Blewitt" to make playoff case against TCU. (4)

5; Texas Christian 10-1; School retains a more powerful PR firm: "College Football Playoff Selection Committee." (6)

6; Arizona 10-2; Coach accepts Pac-12 Coach of Year on behalf of everyone outside Ann Arbor, Mich., who believed in him. (9)

7; Ohio State 11-1; Must hope third-string quarterback is just as good as the second-string quarterback. (7)

8: Kansas State 9-2; Committee desperately hoping Bill Snyder's Wildcats can solve its Baylor-TCU problem. (12)

9; Michigan State 10-2; Named "Least Threatening Top-10 Contender" for November by Innocuous Illustrated. (11)

10; Georgia Tech 10-2; First overtime game in history of Georgia's stadium will only get better over time. (14)

11; Mississippi State 10-2; Rankman hates having to wait until now to discover a team really isn't that great. (5)

12; Wisconsin 10-2; Nation's leading rusher says he can easily run the 936 miles to N.Y. for Heisman ceremonies. (13)

13; Mississippi 9-3; Ready to distribute T-shirts on Jan. 13 that read: "Only team to defeat Alabama." (NR)

14; UCLA 9-3; Scoop: Ben and Jerry's reporter has Bruins penciled in for the Ala-mode Bowl. (8)

15; Arizona State 9-3; Snuffed out five cigar butts in Territorial Cup before handing it over to Arizona. (10)

16; Missouri 10-2; Judge in Bloomington rules Indiana and Missouri must share custody of SEC East trophy. (NR)

Dropped out: Georgia (15), Auburn (16).

Moved in: Mississippi, Missouri.

First four out: Clemson, Georgia, Oklahoma, Boise State.

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