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About the Rankings

Calendar

  • October 28 – 6:30 p.m. CT on ESPN (First set of rankings released)
  • November 4 – 6:30 p.m. CT on ESPN
  • November 11 – 6:30 p.m. CT on ESPN
  • November 18 – 6 p.m. CT on ESPN2
  • November 25 – 6 p.m. CT on ESPN
  • December 2 – 6 p.m. CT on ESPN
  • December 7 – 11:45 a.m. CT on ESPN (Selection Sunday and Playoff Semifinal teams announced)

Sunday, December 7

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee will announce the Playoff Semifinal pairings and semifinal bowl assignments live on ESPN at 11:45 a.m. CT. At 1:45 p.m. CT, the College Football Playoff Selection Committee will announce the Cotton, Fiesta and Peach Bowl pairings, as well as the final top 25 rankings. At this time, the Orange Bowl pairing will also be announced.

About the Rankings

Frequency of Rankings

The selection committee members will meet weekly, in person, on Mondays and Tuesdays to produce rankings. The committee will issue its first rankings Tuesday, October 28, after the completion of the ninth week of the regular season.  The committee’s rankings will be announced on ESPN each Tuesday evening beginning October 28 and continuing for the next five weeks.

Data

Selection committee members will have a wealth of information including review of video, statistics and their own expertise to guide them in their deliberations. They will emphasize obvious factors like win-loss records, strength of schedule, conference championships won, head-to-head results and results against common opponents. The playoff group has retained SportSource Analytics to provide the data platform for the committee’s use. While the details of the platform have not been finalized, it is anticipated that it will include countless pieces of statistical information for every Football Bowl Subdivision team. It will also include general information such as each team’s opponents’ record and opponents’ opponents’ records. The platform will allow the committee members to compare and contrast every team on every level possible.

It should be noted that the committee will not use a single data point such as the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) that is used for NCAA championships.

Voting Procedures

The committee will rank the top 25 teams in the country and assign teams to the semifinals and to the Cotton, Fiesta and Peach Bowls in years when they are not hosting semifinal games. The full voting protocol is attached to this release, but in summary the committee will identify small groups of teams that will then be evaluated against each other in a detailed and deliberative manner. The committee will then vote the teams into the rankings in a combined selection-and-seeding process.

To view the College Football Playoff Selection Committee voting process, as well as to read the full College Football Playoff Selection Committee protocol document, click here.