AP College Football Poll 2016: Complete Week 11 Rankings Released

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For a brief moment, it looked as if the SEC would find a way to get two teams into the College Football Playoff. Mississippi State had other ideas.

The Bulldogs’ upset win over Texas A&M opened the door for Washington and will send this week’s Top 25 into a state of flux.

However, the Associated Press poll remains unchanged at the top. Alabama is still the country’s top unbeaten after taking down rival LSU, and the Crimson Tide are followed by a Top Four contingent of Michigan, Clemson and Washington. Louisville is in the pole position among one-loss teams after defeating Boston College.

Here is a look at how the entire poll played out:

Texas A&M, ranked fourth by the AP last week, now sits 10th after a frustrating loss to Mississippi State. Bulldogs quarterback Nick Fitzgerald accounted for four touchdowns, two of which were of the rushing variety in a dominant day on the ground. Fitzgerald ran for 182 yards on 20 carries and broke out for a 74-yard touchdown scamper in the first quarter that gave Mississippi State an early lead. 

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin spoke to reporters after the game:

I think there were some busts. Their quarterback played extremely well today. He ran it, but he also was extremely accurate when he threw it. He made some plays into tight coverage. A lack of energy would have shown up in a worse score, I’ll put it that way. All the way down to the end, we’ve got guys that are trying to get the thing to overtime. It’s more of a lack of execution.

The Aggies never led and trailed by as much as 21 points. Mississippi State had entered the game with three straight losses against FBS opponents.

While Texas A&M was blowing its shot at a playoff chance, the rest of the nation’s elite were taking care of business.

Alabama faced its stiffest test of the season in LSU, with the two sides taking a scoreless tie into the fourth quarter before Jalen Hurts finally got things going. Hurts scored on a 21-yard touchdown run and later engineered a field-goal drive that took almost 10 minutes off the clock as Alabama held on for a 10-0 win. LSU accounted for just 125 total yards and six first downs in the entire game; Leonard Fournette rushed for a season-low 35 yards on 17 carries.

“We have some pretty hateful guys that play defense around here who are pretty good competitors,” Alabama coach Nick Saban told reporters. “So when they get challenged a little bit, they usually respond. And I think they responded pretty well tonight.”

Michigan and Clemson combined to win by 110 points over Maryland and Syracuse, respectively. Washington turned in its own dominant performance in a 66-27 triumph over Cal.

Perhaps the most impressive win of the week went to Ohio State, which ended any hopes Nebraska had of a surprise Big Ten title. The Buckeyes accounted for 590 total yards and 34 first downs as they earned a 62-3 home victory. It was their first emphatic win since their 58-0 shutout of Rutgers in Week 5.

“I didn’t see that one coming. I thought—a lot of respect for Nebraska and their coach is a friend of mine. And their only loss a hard-fought overtime game last week,” coach Urban Meyer told reporters. “One of those back-to-back night games, so just the wear and tear. But just an A to Z very good performance by our guys.”

The only other upsets of the week were orchestrated by Arkansas and TCU. The Razorbacks easily took care of Florida at home, with Rawleigh Williams III rushing for 148 yards and two scores in a 31-10 triumph. TCU went on the road and earned a 62-22 win over Baylor on the strength of five Kyle Hicks touchdowns.

No teams dropped out or entered the poll this week. Nebraska and Florida each dropped 12 spots.

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