By Matt Holmes

Mississippi’s first loss of the season dropped the Rebels four spots in The Associated Press college football poll to No. 7 and left Mississippi State, Florida State, Alabama and Auburn in the top four as the College Football Playoff selection committee prepares its first rankings.

No. 1 Mississippi State (46 first-place votes) and No. 2 Florida State (14) are the only unbeaten team left in the Big Five conferences.

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Alabama, which lost 23-17 at Ole Miss earlier this month, moved up a spot, as did No. 4 Auburn, No. 5 Oregon and No. 6 Notre Dame.

Ole Miss was beaten 10-7 at LSU on Saturday night. The Tigers moved up eight spots to No. 16, the largest jump after a weekend when only two ranked teams lost.

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The first selection committee top 25 will be released Tuesday night. The pairings for the College Football Playoff will be revealed Dec. 7.

Record Pts Pv
1. Mississippi St. (46) 7-0 1,486 1
2. Florida St. (14) 7-0 1,453 2
3. Alabama 7-1 1,290 4
4. Auburn 6-1 1,267 5
5. Oregon 7-1 1,199 6
6. Notre Dame 6-1 1,161 7
7. Mississippi 7-1 1,095 3
8. Michigan St. 7-1 1,086 8
9. Georgia 6-1 1,074 9
10. TCU 6-1 1,030 10
11. Kansas St. 6-1 930 11
12. Baylor 6-1 839 12
13. Ohio St. 6-1 676 13
14. Arizona 6-1 669 15
15. Arizona St. 6-1 667 14
16. LSU 7-2 574 24
17. Nebraska 7-1 535 16
18. Utah 6-1 524 19
19. Oklahoma 5-2 430 17
20. West Virginia 6-2 379 22
21. East Carolina 6-1 366 18
22. Clemson 6-2 265 21
23. Marshall 8-0 184 23
24. Duke 6-1 121 NR
25. UCLA 6-2 106 25

Others receiving votes: Colorado St. 29, Southern Cal 22, Wisconsin 14, Stanford 9, Louisville 8, Missouri 7, N. Dakota St. 3, Oklahoma St. 2.

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