First 2020 College Football Playoff Rankings are out

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The first College Football Playoff rankings were released on Tuesday night. This will be one of several rankings released before the conclusion of the 2020 season.

The Southeastern Conference led the rankings, as the Alabama Crimson Tide are the No. 1 team in the ranking. The Crimson Tide was the top ranked team in polls before this ranking system came out.

Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver DeVonta Smith makes a touchdown reception against the Kentucky Wildcats
DeVonta Smith makes a touchdown reception against the Kentucky Wildcats (Photo by Alabama Crimson Tide Football/Instagram)

Following the Crimson Tide, the No. 2 ranked team was the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Clemson Tide — who were defeated by the Fighting Irish on November 7th — were the No. 3 team.

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The Ohio State Buckeyes — who got a late start to their season due to the Big Ten Conference’s coronavirus policies — were the No. 4 team.

After the Buckeyes, two SEC teams were on the outside looking in. Those two teams were the No. 5 Texas A&M Aggies and the No. 6 Florida Gators.

In October, the Aggies defeated the Gators, 41-38, in College Station, Texas.

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“It’s definitely a challenge. We knew that coming in,” selection committee chairman Gary Barta, appearing Tuesday on ESPN’s rankings reveal show, said of putting together the first set of rankings. “You’re evaluating teams that have played three games against teams that have played eight or nine games. We embraced the chaos.”

One of the best teams in the country received a lackluster ranking. The BYU Cougars – who are 9-0 and with a Heisman Trophy candidate in Zach Wilson – was ranked No. 14.

“Great motivation for our guys,” BYU coach Kalani Sitake said of his team coming in at No. 14. “Love our team, love our players — I think we play a great brand of football with excitement and passion, and we have a lot of work to do and a lot to prove, obviously, in a short amount of time, and hopefully we can get that done.”

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There are at least three more rankings scheduled before the final rankings come out on Sunday, December 20th.

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