Oregon up to 2 in playoff rankings; TCU to 4th

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Oregon jumped undefeated Florida State and moved into second in the College Football Playoff rankings while TCU took over the fourth spot Tuesday night.

Mississippi State remained No. 1. The Seminoles (9-0) slipped to No. 3. Oregon (9-1) moved up after winning at Utah. The Ducks now have three wins against teams currently in the top 25 (Michigan State, UCLA, Utah). Florida State has beaten two teams in the top 25 (Notre Dame and Clemson).

Committee chairman Jeff Long, the athletic director at Arkansas, said the panel had a long and hard discussion about the merits of the Ducks and Seminoles.

"We looked beyond the record," Long said. "The committee placed significant value on Oregon's quality of wins."

The 12-person selection committee will chose the four playoff teams on Dec. 7.

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STARKVILLE, MS - NOVEMBER 08: Dak Prescott #15 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs watches action during a game against the Tennessee Martin Skyhawks at Davis Wade Stadium on November 8, 2014 in Starkville, Mississippi. Mississippi State won the game 45-16. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
STARKVILLE, MS - NOVEMBER 08: Dak Prescott #15 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs looks to pass during a game against the Tennessee Martin Skyhawks at Davis Wade Stadium on November 8, 2014 in Starkville, Mississippi. Mississippi State won the game 45-16. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
STARKVILLE, MS - NOVEMBER 08: Dak Prescott #15 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs celebrates a touchdown during a game against the Tennessee Martin Skyhawks at Davis Wade Stadium on November 8, 2014 in Starkville, Mississippi. Mississippi State won the game 45-16. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
EUGENE, OR - NOVEMBER 1: Quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Oregon Ducks runs out onto the field after the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Autzen Stadium on November 1, 2014 in Eugene, Oregon. Oregon won the game 45-16.(Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - NOVEMBER 8: Quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Oregon Ducks throws a pass as defensive end Hunter Dimick #49 of the Utah Utes defends during the second half of an NCAA football game November 8, 2014 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. Oregon defeated Utah 51-27. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 24: Quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Oregon Ducks passes against the California Golden Bears in the third quarter on October 24, 2014 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 8: Quarterback Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles looks on from the sidelines during the game at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 8, 2014 in Tallahassee, Florida. The Seminoles beat the Cavaliers 34-20 (Photo by Jeff Gammons/Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 8: Quarterback Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles give a stiff arm to Linebacker Henry Coley #44 the Virginia Cavaliers during the game at Doak Campbell Stadium on Bobby Bowden Field on November 8, 2014 in Tallahassee, Florida. Second-ranked Florida State defeated Virginia 34-20. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 8: Quarterback Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles during his team warm-ups before the game against the Virginia Cavaliers at Doak Campbell Stadium on Bobby Bowden Field on November 8, 2014 in Tallahassee, Florida. Second-ranked Florida State defeated Virginia 34-20. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
Texas Christian quarterback Trevone Boykin (2) looks on from the sidelines during the first half against Southern Methodist at Ford Stadium in Dallas, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. TCU won, 56-0. (Brandon Wade/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Texas Christian quarterback Trevone Boykin (2) looks for an open receiver in the first quarter against Kansas State at Amon Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. (Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Texas Christian University Horned Frogs quarterback Trevone Boykin (2) throws against the Baylor Bears defense in the first half in Waco, Texas, Saturday, October 13, 2012. (Ron Jenkins/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
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Alabama (8-1) is No. 5 and Arizona State (8-1) is sixth, and both appear to be in good shape to secure a spot in the playoff if they can keep winning.

Alabama hosts Mississippi State on Saturday. If Arizona State wins out, it would have to go through Oregon in the Pac-12 championship game.

Baylor (8-1) moved to seventh, but is still behind Big 12 rival TCU (8-1), which lost to the Bears in Waco, Texas, by a field goal last month.

The Bears and Horned Frogs could end the season tied atop the Big 12. If that happens, the conference has said Baylor and TCU would be co-champions.

The selection committee has been directed to use conference championships and head-to-head matchups as ways of distinguishing between teams with similar resumes.

Long said TCU's overall body of work, which includes two wins against the top 25 (Minnesota and Kansas State) outweighed Baylor's last-second victory against the Horned Frogs.

Long stressed that Baylor could still move past the Horned Frogs.

"They can make their case by their body of work and resume," Long said.

Ohio State (8-1) is up to eighth after its big victory at Michigan State. The Buckeyes are the highest ranked team from the Big Ten.

Auburn, which had been in the top four the first two weeks of the rankings, fell to No. 9 after losing to Texas A&M at home on Saturday.

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