Top 25 college football rankings

By JOHN NESTOR
XNsports.com


Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher wasted no time announcing that quarterback Jameis Winston is back and the Seminoles are back on top of the XN Sports College Football Rankings again this week.

The Seminoles survived Winston's suspension to outlast Clemson, 23-17, in overtime. No. 2 Oregon was tested by Washington State while third-ranked Auburn barely survived a trip to Kansas State.

Mississippi State breaks into the rankings in a big way this week after winning at LSU while East Carolina gets a nod in the rankings after hanging 70 points and over 700 yards of offense on formerly-ranked North Carolina. Duke and Nebraska are both 4-0 and both in the XN Top-25 this week.

Dropped out: Clemson, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Missouri

Close but not quite: Oklahoma State, Marshall, Utah, Washington, Oregon State, Arizona

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1. Florida State (3-0)

Jameis Winston is coming back, the schedule is favorable, and the winner of the Florida State-Clemson matchup has played in the ACC championship the last five years. Winston needs to grow up off the field, that is not even debatable, but the Seminoles will be tough to beat with him back on the field. Florida State has won 19 in a row, battled to a win against Clemson despite some trying circumstances, and all that likely stands between them and another undefeated regular season is an Oct. 18th meeting with Notre Dame.

Last game: Beat Clemson, 23-17 (OT).

Next game: Saturday at North Carolina State.

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