Arizona State, essentially eliminated last week from consideration for the inaugural College Football Playoff, remains ranked in the new top 15, as does rival Arizona.
ASU fell seven spots to No. 13 in the poll released by the CFP selection committee Tuesday night. The Sun Devils (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12) had previously been ranked No. 6 following a marquee win over then-No. 10 Notre Dame, but they succumbed to a struggling Oregon State team in Corvallis on Saturday.
The Wildcats (8-2, 5-2) dropped one spot to No. 15 after sneaking past Washington at home on a last-second field goal.
The new top four in order: Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, Mississippi State. TCU and Ohio State came in fifth and sixth, respectively. Elsewhere in the Pac-12, UCLA came in at No. 9, Utah at No. 17 and USC at No. 19.
Oregon (9-1, 6-1) represents the Pac-12's remaining hope of a spot in the Playoff and only needs to win its remaining games to secure a spot. Should the Ducks be upset in the Pac-12 Championship Game -- they could face ASU, Arizona, USC, UCLA or even Utah -- the winner of that game would likely be a two-loss conference champion with little appeal to the selection committee, barring absolute chaos from the teams near the top of the rankings.
ASU and UA still have much to play for but need help to win the Pac-12. Each has a different rooting interest Saturday, with the Sun Devils wanting USC to win and the Wildcats needing a UCLA victory