College Football Playoff releases first rankings of 2016

By Kevin Kelley -

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee has released their first set of Top 25 rankings for 2016 and the Alabama Crimson Tide are number one.

Alabama is followed by Clemson in 2nd, Michigan in 3rd, and Texas A&M in 4th. Just outside the top four are fifth-ranked Washington, sixth-ranked Ohio State, and seventh-ranked Louisville.

College Football Playoff Rankings (Nov. 1)

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Michigan
4. Texas A&M
5. Washington
6. Ohio State
7. Louisville
8. Wisconsin
9. Auburn
10. Nebraska
11. Florida
12. Penn State
13. LSU
14. Oklahoma
15. Colorado
16. Utah
17. Baylor
18. Oklahoma State
19. Virginia Tech
20. West Virginia
21. North Carolina
22. Florida State
23. Western Michigan
24. Boise State
25. Washington State

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee will release their Top 25 rankings each week on Tuesday through Nov. 29.

On Sunday, Dec. 4 at Noon ET, the selection committee will announce their final rankings, Playoff Semifinal matchups, and the New Year’s bowl pairings.

CFP Rankings Release Schedule

  • November 1 – 7 pm ET
  • November 8 – 7 pm ET
  • November 15 – 9 pm ET*
  • November 22 – 7 pm ET
  • November 29 – 7 pm ET
  • December 4 (Selection Day and Playoff Semifinal teams announced) – Noon ET

*Approximate start time will be 9 p.m. from the Champions Classic basketball doubleheader at Madison Square Garden. The rankings will be revealed live between the Kentucky vs. Michigan State and Duke vs. Kansas basketball games.

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  1. Day
    November 2, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Texas A&M #4? I wonder what is going to happen if both Bama & A&M run the table, I will still stay A&M gets left out if Washington, Clemson & Michigan stay undefeated. Surprised there no one on screaming SEC BIAS!!

    • Nate
      November 2, 2016 at 2:51 pm

      We have seen this game before, only the final ranking takes into account conference champions. All the rankings before that are just for ESPN to hype games.

    • Kevin Kelley
      November 2, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      They should release rankings only over the last 3 weeks of the season at most. The early polls change too much and are essentially worthless.

    • Jeff
      November 2, 2016 at 4:17 pm

      I was surprised by the rankings but don’t have too much of a problem with them. Top 3 all make sense with A&M being a slight surprise. That said, A&M has a good resume to date, particularly their win at Auburn. Overall though, if A&M win out, Washington win out and OSU win out, it would be hard to imagine Washington and OSU not passing A&M. I personally think OSU has better wins to date (also reflected in rankings) but A&M definitely has a more respectable loss. OSU also has been trending downward the last 3 weeks (ugly game vs Northwestern) so factoring that all in, A&M is probably a better choice at #4 right now. Washington has an argument being undefeated and passing the eye test but also doesn’t have the quality wins that either A&M or OSU have.

  2. James
    November 2, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    The playoffs will be like this
    1) Alabama
    2) Clemson
    3) Washington
    4) Ohio St

    • Day
      November 2, 2016 at 5:01 pm

      I would like to see Michigan beat The Ohio State & change it up a bit but that will be a big hurdle. Four more weeks to go & we all know that anything can happen, Clemson may be in the clear, Bama has a couple hard ones plus the SEC championship, Buckeyes have Michigan, Washington has Wash St & PAC-12 championship.

  3. JackStriker
    November 3, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Alabama has played 1 team in the whole top 25.
    Michigan has played 3 in the top 15.

    • James
      November 3, 2016 at 11:11 am

      Alabama have played 4 top 25 teams

    • JackStriker
      November 3, 2016 at 5:27 pm

      I guess literacy will be taught next week at Redneck U.

    • moeman
      November 4, 2016 at 8:26 am

      It’s no point talking with SEC fans. They count teams that WERE Top 25 when they played plus who’s currently ranked, but looking at other conferences they only count those currently ranked, unless they weren’t ranked back when the schools played, so those won’t count as well. It’s a lost cause to even have a sensible discussion as they will always twist their side for the better, and the other side for the worse

    • Kevin Kelley
      November 4, 2016 at 10:14 am

      I think your point goes for anyone trying to make an argument, like my wife. ;)

    • Day
      November 4, 2016 at 10:03 am

      Well, the teams were ranked for a reason, of course most of it has to do with Vegas betting & to sell magazines but keep in mind that these teams were ranked due to returning starters, recruiting, coaches & how good the teams was represented last year. Bama still has to play 3 ranked teams before the seasons end in LSU, Auburn & possible Florida. So I assume Michigan should be number one since they have beaten (as of now) more top 25 teams? I can not twist Alabama being around for 9 years, winning 4 NC in 7 years yet they should not be ranked number one? OK
      Rankings did get something right though, #1 Bama & #2 Clemson, good for them.

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