SINCE NO. 4 Mississippi State lost at Mississippi, you knew there was going to be some movement at the top of the next-to-last College Football Poll.
But you didn't necessarily know that TCU would not only move up from 5 to 4, but all the way to 3. The Horned Frogs won at Texas (6-6) on Thanksgiving, 48-10. They close at home against 2-9 Iowa State.
Defending national champion Florida State, which hasn't lost in 2 years, barely beat Florida at home. So the Seminoles dropped another spot, to 4. Which, of course, represents the final spot in the inaugural four-team playoff. At this rate FSU appears to be only one more close call away from being demoted to FCS. The only remaining unbeaten in FBS will play Georgia Tech in the ACC title game Saturday.
Alabama and Oregon remained 1 and 2. The Tide gets Missouri in the SEC final, while the Ducks get a rematch with Arizona, the only team to beat them, in the Pac-12 final.
Ohio State is lurking at 5, followed by Baylor, which actually would win the Big 12 title on the head-to-head tiebreaker with TCU if it beats 9-2 Kansas State at home. What that would do to the Selection Committee's thinking is anyone's guess at this point. Ohio State lost quarterback J.T. Barrett against Michigan, and will play Wisconsin for the Big Ten title. If the Buckeyes win, who knows how the Committee will factor in Barrett's absence.
We won't have to wait long. The final opinions will be released on Sunday.