Portugal's 1-0 and 3-2 wins fueled a nine-place jump in the standings as rivals played only friendly matches which score fewer points in the calculations.
FIFA set World Cup seedings for the Dec. 6 draw from October rankings so playoff teams would not gain unfair advantage.
Spain lead an unchanged top four from Germany, Argentina and Colombia. Uruguay are sixth, and No. 7 Italy swap with No. 8 Switzerland who were seventh for one month to clinch seeded status.