Alabama, Clemson, Michigan and Texas A&M top College Football Playoff rankings – Sports Illustrated

The first edition of the College Football Playoff Rankings were released on Tuesday evening with the Alabama Crimson Tide on top.

Alabama won last year’s national title and remains undefeated on the season with an 8–0 record. Alabama will face LSU on the road on Saturday night.

Clemson is also undefeated at 8–0 and looks to cruise to the ACC title. Dabo Swinney’s squad reached the national championship last year.

Jim Harbaugh is just in his second year with the Michigan Wolverines but already has them on the verge of making their first College Football Playoff appearance, if they can get past their meeting with Ohio State on Nov. 26.

Texas A&M (7–1) is ranked fourth, ahead of undefeated Washington, despite having one loss on the season, which came against Alabama.

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The two semifinal games will be played on Dec. 31 at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (Georgia Dome in Atlanta) and the Fiesta Bowl (U. of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.).

View the full college football playoff rankings below:

1. Alabama

2. Clemson

3. Michigan

4. Texas A&M

5. Washington

6. Ohio State

7. Louisville

8. Wisconsin

9. Auburn

10. Nebraska

11. Florida

12. Penn State

13. LSU

14. Oklahoma

15. Colorado

16. Utah

17. Baylor

18. Oklahoma State

19. Virginia Tech

20. West Virginia

21. North Carolina

22. Florida State

23. Western Michigan

24. Boise State

25. Washington State

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