College Football Playoff rankings: Clemson, LSU, Ohio State, Alabama top field
NEW YORK -- Clemson, LSU, Ohio State and Alabama are the top four teams in the first College Football Playoff selection committee rankings of the season.
Notre Dame was fifth and Baylor was sixth.
Clemson, LSU and Ohio State are among 11 unbeaten teams in FBS, nearly quadruple the number there was last season when the committee started ranking teams. Alabama and Notre Dame each have one loss.
Memphis was the highest-ranked team from a Group of Five conference at No. 13 on Tuesday night.
Last year the top four teams in the first playoff rankings were Mississippi State, Florida State, Auburn and Mississippi. Only the Seminoles ended up reaching the playoff.
Ohio State, the eventual national champion, was 16th in the first rankings.
Here's the full list:
20. Mississippi State
19. Texas A&M
18. Ole Miss
16. Florida State
14. Oklahoma State
7. Michigan State
5. Notre Dame
3. Ohio State
Folks bashing #Bama's schedule... Scheduling & beating 7-2 Wisconsin by 18 pts carries a lot more weight than just some mid-major.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 4, 2015
CFP Chair Jeff Long talking a lot about wins over .500 teams.. #Iowa won at 7-2 Wisconsin, crushed 6-2 NW on the road & beat 6-2 Pitt.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 4, 2015