Mississippi State was about the only constant in Tuesday's release of the College Football Playoff rankings.
The Bulldogs retained their No. 1 position while the rest of the rankings did cartwheels.
The big winner nationally was Texas Christian, which rose two spots to claim the coveted No. 4 position.
The big winner locally was two-loss UCLA, which jumped seven positions, to No. 11, to remain on the fringe of playoff contention.
The other mild surprise was one-loss Oregon's jumping to No. 2 ahead of undefeated Florida State.
The new top four: Mississippi State, Oregon, Florida State and TCU.
Alabama is fifth, but essentially controls its fate because it hosts No. 1 Mississippi State on Saturday.
Arizona State is also in solid position at No. 6 as it heads for a possible playoff-spot showdown against Oregon in the Pac-12 Conference title game on Dec. 5.
Rounding out the top 10, Baylor is at No. 7, followed by Ohio State, Auburn and Mississippi.