College Football Playoff Rankings: Initial 2020 rankings released

By Kevin Kelley -

The first College Football Playoff Rankings of the 2020 season have been released by the selection committee, and the Alabama Crimson Tide open in first place.

Alabama is followed by Notre Dame (2), Clemson (3), Ohio State (4), and Texas A&M (5). Florida (6) and Cincinnati (7) are just outside the top five.

Cincinnati (7th) is currently the highest ranked team from a Group of Five conference. BYU is the next highest non-power team at No. 14. Check out the full CFP Top 25 rankings below.

College Football Playoff Rankings (Nov. 24)

1. Alabama
2. Notre Dame
3. Clemson
4. Ohio State
5. Texas A&M
6. Florida
7. Cincinnati
8. Northwestern
9. Georgia
10. Miami (FL)
11. Oklahoma
12. Indiana
13. Iowa State
14. BYU
15. Oregon
16. Wisconsin
17. Texas
18. USC
19. North Carolina
20. Coastal Carolina
21. Marshall
22. Auburn
23. Oklahoma State
24. Iowa
25. Tulsa

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee will release their Top 25 rankings each week on Tuesday through Dec. 15. Below is the schedule of dates (all times Eastern):

  • Tuesday, November 24
  • Tuesday, December 1
  • Tuesday, December 8
  • Tuesday, December 15
  • Sunday, December 20 (Selection Day)

On Sunday, Dec. 20 at Noon ET, the College Football Playoff Selection Committee will announce the Playoff Semifinal pairings and semifinal bowl assignments. Those will be followed by the pairings for the remainder of the New Year’s Six bowl games.

College Football Playoff Schedule