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About the Rankings


  • 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 Day 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 will release its rankings on ESPN each Tuesday evening beginning October 28 and continuing for the next six weeks.


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. 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.