The first set of College Football Playoff rankings is set to be released on Tuesday night.
At long last, the AP Top 25 is about to take a backseat as the first set of College Football Playoff rankings will be revealed on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN, which is probably lucky with that start time tonight given Game 6 of the World Series between the Cubs and Indians starts just after 8:00 p.m. ET.
So what can we expect tonight from the College Football Playoff committee in this first of six sets of rankings that will be released between tonight and Selection Day on December 4? Well, the top four teams, all of whom are undefeated at 8-0, are likely to be Alabama, Michigan, Clemson and Washington. Alabama is likely the clear number one at this point and Washington would probably be fourth. While Michigan is currently ranked second in the AP poll, it wouldn’t be surprising if third-ranked Clemson takes the number two spot in the CFP rankings this evening. The first two out of the top four for this first set are likely to be Louisville and Ohio State.
In all, 25 teams will be listed in the rankings and they’ll likely be released in reverse order as has been done in the past to build a little drama. If you’re wondering exactly who is on the College Football Playoff committee this year, here’s who will be deciding who will play for the national championship.
- Kirby Hocutt, Chair: Director of Athletics, Texas Tech University
- Barry Alvarez: Director of Athletics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Jeff Bower: Former Head Coach, University of Southern Mississippi
- Herb Deromedi: Former Head Coach, University of Central Michigan
- Tom Jernstedt: Former NCAA Executive Vice President
- Bobby Johnson: Former Head Coach, Vanderbilt University
- Jeff Long: Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville
- Rob Mullens: Director of Athletics, University of Oregon
- Dan Radakovich: Director of Athletics, University of Clemson
- Condoleezza Rice: Stanford University Professor, former Stanford Provost, former United States Secretary of State
- Steve Wieberg: Former College Football Reporter, USA Today
- Tyrone Willingham: Former Head Coach, Stanford University, University of Notre Dame and University of Washington
Here is the full schedule for the release of the College Football Playoff rankings following tonight’s broadcast.
- Tuesday, November 8: 7:00 p.m. ET
- Tuesday, November 15: 9:00 p.m. ET
- Tuesday, November 22: 7:00 p.m. ET
- Tuesday, November 29: 7:00 p.m. ET
- Sunday, December 4: Noon ET
Who will be the top four teams in the College Football Playoff rankings? We’ll find out soon enough.