Rankman resisted the selection committee's publicity stunt of jumping Oregon over Florida State and its refusal to acknowledge Baylor's win over Texas Christian earlier this season. We will continue to provide gavel-to-gavel monitoring of all Florida State football games, court hearings, subpoenas, depositions, FBI wire taps and TMZ breaking-news alerts. Also, a welcome back to Ohio State, which has overcome an ugly loss to Virginia Tech, perhaps in time to win the Big Ten title and finish fifth — that's first left out — in the final college football playoff ranking.
1; Mississippi State 9-0; DDS Bryant in Tuscaloosa called to say root canal cannot be postponed any longer. (1)
2; Florida State 9-0; Credentialed for Miami game: 25 NFL scouts, five NCAA investigators and one Bunko squad. (2)
3; Oregon 9-1; Glad daylight savings law required Utah to turn one of its touchdowns back 100 yards. (3)
4; Alabama 8-1; SEC says it's OK for fans to ring "Hell's Bells" in general direction of Mississippi State. (4)
5; Arizona State 8-1; Cronkite School of Journalism students yelled "and that's the way it is!" at departing Notre Dame. (9)
6; Baylor 8-1; Head-to-head over Texas Christian should matter, says Bryce Petty and the Tiebreakers. (11)
7; Texas Christian 8-1; Cheerleaders quit on spot after seeing quarterback Trevone Boykin somersault into end zone. (12)
8; Ohio State 8-1; Big Ten title in sight, provided team doesn't step in any Minnesota Gopher holes. (NR)
9; Auburn 7-2; Youth campers promise to go over handoffs and hiking with Tigers players next summer. (5)
10; Mississippi 8-2; The only thing Presbyterian converted in Oxford was a couple of Baptists. (10)
11; UCLA 8-2; Bruins back in playoff race they may have never known they were out of, or in. (15)
12; Arizona 7-2; National title tracker: Basketball opens Friday at McKale Center against Mount St. Mary's. (16)
13; Michigan State 7-2; Mr. Positive says team still undefeated against schools that don't start with letter "O." (6)
14; Nebraska 8-1; Defense cheers when told Wisconsin quarterback they'll face is not Aaron Rodgers. (NR)
15; Notre Dame 7-2; Kelly so fed up with quarterback Golson's play he asked Rudy for number to Weight Watchers. (8)
16: Kansas State 7-2; Snyder's coaching tree (Bob Stoops, Kirk Ferentz) examined for root rot. (7)
Dropped out: Louisiana State (13), Utah (14).
Moved in: Ohio State, Nebraska.
First four out: LSU, Clemson, Georgia, Duke.