College Football Playoff Selection Committee announces first set of rankings

November 3, 2015

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee announced today the first installment of its top 25 rankings, with undefeated Clemson earning the top spot.

“It’s exciting to be back as we kick off the second year of the College Football Playoff,” said selection chairman Jeff Long.  “We are little more than half way through the season and a lot of football that remains to be played.  This is the first of six rankings.  They are the result of games that have been played thus far.  Change is guaranteed and that’s what makes college football exciting.”

Perhaps the greatest surprise was that one-loss Alabama was ranked fourth, above several undefeated schools including Baylor, Michigan State, and TCU.

LSU was ranked second, and Ohio State was ranked third to complete the top four playoff spots.

The selection committee will prepare five more rankings this season, including the final set on Selection Day, Sunday, December 6.  The top four teams in the final rankings will play in the Playoff Semifinals on December 31, 2015, at the Capital One Orange Bowl and the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

This was the first official meeting for the selection committee to issue rankings.  Their rankings are listed below:

1 Clemson
3 Ohio State
4 Alabama
5 Notre Dame
6 Baylor
7 Michigan State
9 Iowa
10 Florida
11 Stanford
12 Utah
13 Memphis
14 Oklahoma State
15 Oklahoma
16 Florida State
17 Michigan
18 Mississippi
19 Texas A&M
20 Mississippi State
21 Northwestern
22 Temple
24 Toledo
25 Houston

By Staff of and news services

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