The college football playoff selection committee released their first rankings of the season tonight, and there is a stunner in the top four. 6-1 Texas A&M- who lost 33-14 to Alabama last weekend- are ranked fourth, one spot ahead of the undefeated Washington Huskies. The top four teams in the committee’s final rankings will qualify for the college football playoffs to determine the national champion.
All year we’ve been tracking the AP Poll, which is now irrelevant now that the weekly official college football playoff rankings are here. But for context, both this week’s AP top 25 and the Coaches Poll have Washington 4th and Texas A&M seventh.
Of course, the only rankings that really matter are the final week’s because the committee can arbitrarily change its rankings until then.
Joining Texas A&M in the top four are Alabama in the top spot followed by Clemson and Michigan.
Along with Washington on the outside of the playoff picture looking in are #6 Ohio State and #7 Louisville. Wisconsin are in the #8 position, and #9 Auburn and #10 Nebraska round out the top 10.
Below are the full top 25 from this first edition of the rankings. Be sure to check back next week to see what changes the dubious playoff committee makes after another slate of games on Saturday.
College Football Playoff Rankings