Beating No. 1 has put Alabama atop the College Football Playoff poll.After knocking off previously unbeaten Mississippi State last week at home, the Crimson Tide (9-1, 6-1 SEC) skyrocketed from fifth to first in the latest playoff poll released Tuesday.“The committee felt like Alabama had been right around that top four,” said 12-member playoff committee chair Jeff Long on ESPN’s 30-minute show. “With what we consider a decisive win over No. 1 Mississippi State, we really think that, combined with their body of work, put them into the No. 1 position.”After the 25-20 SEC victory over the Bulldogs (9-1, 5-1), Alabama quarterback Blake Sims said the Tide should be in the top four. Alabama is now in there for the first time this season.The top four teams in the final poll released Dec. 7 will advance to the playoffs.“We feel like Alabama really is the most complete team right now,” Long continued. “Offense, defense and kicking game and we think when we put all those things together, we felt like Alabama was clearly No. 1 now.”Oregon (9-1, 6-1 Pac-12) and defending national champion Florida State (10-0, 7-0 ACC) remained second and third, respectively, in the poll while Mississippi State (9-1, 5-1 SEC) dropped from first to fourth.Florida State and Alabama are 1-2 in the Associated Press and Amway Coaches polls. Last week, the Seminoles squeaked out a 30-26 win at rival Miami while the Ducks had a bye.“Again, we look at their body of work,” said Long about the Seminoles. “We look at the games and how they’ve played them and whether they’ve controlled the games. They’ve had a number of come-from-behind victories, but again, we look at that body of work, that resume and compare it to those around them. Oregon and then Mississippi State.”Last week, TCU (9-1, 6-1 Big 12) leapfrogged Alabama from sixth to fourth and Long said back then the committee gave the Horned Frogs a “slight edge” over Alabama. TCU is now fifth after its narrow 34-30 win last week at three-win Kansas.Ohio State (9-1, 6-0 Big Ten) moved up from eighth to sixth while Baylor (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) and Ole Miss (8-2, 4-2 SEC) are seventh and eighth, respectively.The Tide has just one win against a team ranked in the current poll in Mississippi State, but its loss is against Ole Miss. Auburn is the only team Mississippi State has beaten in the poll. The Tigers dropped from ninth to 14th after falling at now No. 10 Georgia.Oregon and TCU each have three wins against ranked teams while Florida State and Ohio State each have two victories.The Ducks have beaten No. 9 UCLA, No. 11 Michigan State and No. 17 Utah while the Seminoles have wins over No. 22 Clemson and No. 24 Louisville. TCU has beaten over No. 12 Kansas State, No. 21 Oklahoma and No. 25 Minnesota, which fell to the Buckeyes last week. Ohio State also defeated Michigan State.The Tide’s final two regular-season games are at home against FCS school Western Carolina (7-4) and Auburn (7-3, 4-3). While Alabama coach Nick Saban has made it clear the final pol is the only one that matters to him and his team, he suggested after Saturday’s win that games now have a playoff feel to them.“You can’t afford to lose,” Saban said. “So every game is a big game.”A win over Auburn will put Alabama in the Dec. 6 SEC title game.“The question really becomes for everyone is do you want to take advantage of the opportunity that you’ve created for yourself or do you just want to do what you got to do to win the next game,” Saban said Monday. “If that’s the case, then we’re probably not going to improve a lot, we’re not going to get better and we’re not going to do the things we need to do to take advantage of the opportunity.”This week, Oregon plays Colorado (2-8, 0-7 Pac-12), Florida State faces Boston College (6-4, 3-3 ACC) and Mississippi State returns home to take on Vanderbilt (3-7, 0-6 SEC). TCU has a bye while Ohio State plays Indiana (3-7, 0-6).