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About the Rankings

2016 Rankings

The committee will begin to produce rankings following week nine of the college football season. Members will again meet in person, on Mondays and Tuesdays. The committee will issue its first rankings Tuesday, November 1, with subsequent rankings taking place the next five weeks. The rankings will be revealed each week on ESPN’s College Football Playoff: Top 25. The final selection committee rankings of 2016 will be released on Selection Day, Sunday, December 4. At this time, the selection committee will announce Playoff Semifinal matchups, New Year’s bowl pairings, and the final Top 25 exclusively via College Football Playoff Selection Day programming on ESPN.

Below is the complete schedule for the selection committee rankings announcement on ESPN:

  • November 1 – 7 p.m. ET
  • November 8 – 7 p.m. ET
  • November 15 – 9 p.m. ET*
  • November 22 – 7 p.m. ET
  • November 29 – 7 p.m. 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.


2015 Rankings

In 2015, the College Football Playoff Selection Committee issued its first rankings on Tuesday, November 3. The dates for the rankings were as follows:

  • November 3
  • November 10
  • November 17
  • November 24
  • December 1
  • December 6 (Selection Day and Playoff Semifinal teams announced)

To view complete 2015 rankings by week, click here.


2014 Rankings

In 2014, the committee issued its first rankings Tuesday, October 28, after the completion of the ninth week of the regular season. The dates for the rankings were as follows:

  • October 28
  • November 4
  • November 11
  • November 18
  • November 25
  • December 2
  • December 7 (Selection Day and Playoff Semifinal teams announced)

To view complete 2014 rankings by week, click here.