Between the upwardly mobile duo is Baylor, which held steady at No. 6. The Bears are joined in the top 10 by Big 12 rival Oklahoma State, which jumped six spots to be ranked eighth this week by the committee. Those two schools are on a collision course for a Nov. 21 showdown, which should go a long way to determine which, if any, Big 12 school will have a chance to play for the national title.
LSU dropped to No. 9 after its 30-16 road loss to SEC rival Alabama. Rounding out the top 10 is Utah.
A tight win over Vanderbilt cost Florida one spot, as it fell back to No. 11. Oklahoma climbed from No. 15 to No. 12 after scoring more than 50 points for the fourth straight week. The Sooners could make an even bigger move in the rankings with a win over Baylor this week.
In-state rivals Michigan State and Michigan, authors of one of the more improbable finishes this season, come in at Nos. 13 and 14, respectively. The Big Ten foes are moving in different directions, however, as the Spartans fell six notches while the Wolverines gained three spots.
Making its debut in this year's College Football Playoff rankings is Navy, an upset winner over Memphis. After their loss to the Midshipmen, the Tigers settled in at No. 21. They are followed by Temple, North Carolina, Houston and Wisconsin.