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College Football Playoff rankings: Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, Texas A&M top four in initial list

Myles Garrett of the Texas A&M Aggies waits

Myles Garrett of the Texas A&M Aggies waits near the bench in the second half of their game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Kyle Field on Oct. 8, 2016 in College Station, Texas. Credit: Getty Images / Scott Halleran

Texas A&M was ranked fourth behind Alabama, Clemson and Michigan in the season’s first College Football Playoff rankings.

The Aggies (7-1) were surprisingly a spot ahead of unbeaten Washington on Tuesday in the first of six selection committee rankings. The Crimson Tide (8-0), Tigers (8-0), Wolverines (8-0) and Huskies (8-0) are the only remaining undefeated teams from Power Five conferences and hold the top four spots in the latest Associated Press poll.

The 12-person committee, however, gave a nod to Texas A&M’s strength of schedule.

Ohio State was sixth and Louisville was seventh.

The final rankings will be released Dec. 4, with the top four teams moving on to the College Football Playoff semifinals on Dec. 31 at the Fiesta and Peach bowls.


1. Alabama8-0

2. Clemson8-0

3. Michigan8-0

4. Texas A&M7-1

5. Washington8-0

6. Ohio St.7-1

7. Louisville7-1

8. Wisconsin6-2

9. Auburn6-2

10. Nebraska7-1

11. Florida6-1

12. Penn St.6-2

13. LSU5-2

14. Oklahoma6-2

15. Colorado6-2

16. Utah7-2

17. Baylor6-1

18. Oklahoma St.6-2

19. Virginia Tech6-2

20. West Virginia6-1

21. North Carolina6-2

22. Florida St.5-3

23. Western Michigan8-0

24. Boise St.7-1

25. Washington St.6-2

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