The Bulldogs have wins over LSU and Auburn but face their toughest test of the season on Saturday when they travel to Tuscaloosa to face No. 5 Alabama. Dan Mullen's team is 9-0 and just two wins have come by single digits. Dak Prescott is a strong No. 2 in the Heisman Trophy race, behind the quarterback of another team on this list.
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The Seminoles' road to 9-0 has been well-stocked with controversy and close calls while being light on marquee wins. The Seminoles have just two against teams in this week's top 25, but it's worth noting that one (at Clemson) came without quarterback Jameis Winston. It's also worth noting that Clemson, at No. 15, is FSU's highest-ranked opponent this season. It won't face anyone ranked higher until it reaches the playoff. That said, undefeated is undefeated and as long as FSU keeps on winning, it won't drop below No. 2. If Alabama beats Mississippi State this week, the defending champion Noles will reclaim their spot atop the polls.
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Marcus Mariota is college football's best player and since losing to Arizona at home on Oct. 2, the Ducks have five wins by 12 points or more, including two over top 25 teams. Oregon's Sept. 6 win over Michigan State is still the highlight of its resume, but a likely showdown with Arizona State awaits in the Pac-12 Championship Game. Oregon doesn't need any help, and that title game is more hurdle than springboard.
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The Frogs earned one of college football's best wins this season with a three-touchdown rout of Kansas State in a matchup of top 10 teams on Saturday night. Trevone Boykin has played his way back into the thick of the Heisman Trophy picture and the Frogs have played a tougher schedule than my No. 5 team, Alabama, to this point. Both teams have just one win over a team in this week's top 25, but TCU boasts wins over Oklahoma, Kansas State, West Virginia and Minnesota. Alabama's overtime win at LSU on Saturday was its best of the season and only win against a top 25 team. Beyond West Virginia and Texas A&M, Alabama's resume is short on quality wins.
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Just missed: Alabama and Baylor.
Both teams could play their way into the playoff and possibly jump the Frogs if Florida State and Oregon don't lost. Alabama hosts No. 1 Mississippi State this week and hosts Auburn to close the season before a possible date with Georgia or Missouri in the SEC title game. Baylor is idle this week, but closes the season with Kansas State at home that might springboard it into the top four.