Let the Debate Begin: Committee releases first College Football Playoff rankings

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(WHNT) - This team is too high. That team is too low. This team was left off altogether.  You will likely hear a little bit of everything after the College Football Playoff Selection Committee released its first set of rankings tonight at 6:30 p.m.

The committee ranked the top 25 college football teams in the country.

Committee members will continue to do so every Tuesday leading up to Selection Sunday on December 7.  That's when the committee will determine the top four teams that will play in the national semifinals.

Playoff Committee Rankings:

  • 1 Mississippi State 7-0
  • 2 Florida State 7-0
  • 3 Auburn 6-1
  • 4 Ole Miss 7-1
  • 5 Oregon 7-1
  • 6 Alabama 7-1
  • 7 TCU 6-1
  • 8 Michigan State 7-1
  • 9 Kansas State 6-1
  • 10 Notre Dame 6-1
  • 11 Georgia 6-1
  • 12 Arizona 6-1
  • 13 Baylor 6-1
  • 14 Arizona State 6-1
  • 15 Nebraska 7-1
  • 16 Ohio State 6-1
  • 17 Utah 6-1
  • 18 Oklahoma 5-2
  • 19 LSU 7-2
  • 20 West Virginia 6-2
  • 21 Clemson 6-2
  • 22 UCLA 6-2
  • 23 East Carolina 6-1
  • 24 Duke 6-1
  • 25 Louisville 6-2

 Click here for the College Football Selection Committee Protocol

The committee's website indicates members considered the following factors when determining the rankings:

  • Win-loss records
  • Strength of schedule
  • Conference championships won
  • Head-to-head results
  • Results against common opponents

The Associated Press Top 25 shows only two undefeated teams from the conferences considered to be the so-called Power 5.  Marshall University is also undefeated representing Conference USA.

Here is a look at the latest AP Top 25 broken down by conference:

  • ACC: 3 teams
  • Big 10: 3 teams
  • Big 12: 5 teams
  • Pac 12: 5 teams
  • SEC: 6 teams
  • Other: 3 teams

However, there are more than a dozen teams with one loss. The Alabama Crimson Tide and Auburn Tigers are among those teams.  The Tide sits at the number three spot in the poll.  The Tigers are right behind at number four.

Again, this is simply the committee's first in a series of rankings that will be released weekly as we get closer to college football's first playoff.  So, if you think your team is not getting enough credit, remember, there's always next week!

Related: Committee member, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visits Huntsville on Tuesday


  • B

    Well this will be interesting… I sure wish they would have an eight team playoff though, you can’t say that the number 8 team couldn’t compete and upset the number 1 team.
    I just think 4 cuts out to many deserving teams with full potential of wining it all.

  • Nuclear Mike

    All as intended…create interest to generate profits…nothing more.
    With declining student participation in college football games & the associated activities the associated revenues are steadily declining too in the college coffers…only the SEC is holding its’ own with their higher ranked school programs bringing in the non-alumni to spend money while football declines with the new generation’s entertainment spending.

    • Dave Eric

      I agree, it is very, very sad. Is the committee being PAID to come with a list of their opinion’s when coaches and the press already completed one? How can 13 members come up with a better list than a all the coaches? The fewer people making the selection, the closer to a dictatorship.

      It’s funny that Tyrone W. is on the committee, fired from ND, bet he is objective :)
      Any compensation to the committee should go to scholarships.
      It is such a joke, until we have a fair system people will continue to lose interest.

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