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Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen and the Bulldogs shocked LSU and moved into the Super 16 rankings

Surprise Mississippi State breaks into Super 16 poll, Alabama maintains top spot

Alabama held the top spot in the FWAA-NFF Super 16 poll released Sunday morning, but Clemson is gaining ground.

The Tigers moved up from No. 3 to No. 2, passing Oklahoma, on the heels of their impressive 47-21 victory over Louisville on Saturday.

The Crimson Tide, while still No. 1, lost seven of its first-place votes from a week ago after a 41-23 win over Colorado State.

The SEC still has four teams in the top 16:  Georgia is No. 12, Auburn is No. 15 and Mississippi State is up to No. 14.

The Bulldogs replaced LSU in the Super 16 after handing the Bayou Bengals a surprising 37-7 upset on Saturday night.

This week’s Super 16 rankings

1. Alabama (37 first-place votes), 738 points

2. Clemson (9), 691

3. Oklahoma (1), 664

4. Penn State, 584

5. USC, 495

6. Oklahoma State, 478

7. Washington, 447

8. Michigan, 421

9. Wisconsin, 369

10. Ohio State, 343

11. Florida State, 281

12. Georgia, 263

13. Virginia Tech, 149

14. Mississippi State, 119

15. Auburn, 89

16. TCU, 74

Others receiving votes: Miami 66, Louisville 41, Oregon 26, Washington State 19, Florida 15, Duke 5, San Diego State 4, Stanford 4, South Florida 3, Vanderbilt 3, Notre Dame 1

Mike Griffith Super 16 ballot:

1. Alabama

2. Clemson

3. Oklahoma

4. Penn State

5. Georgia

6. Michigan

7. Wisconsin

8.. Ohio State

9. USC

10. Oklahoma State

11. Washington

12. Auburn

13. Florida State

14. Oregon

15. Virginia Tech

16. Florida