College Football Playoff rankings to begin in October each year
The rankings which will help determine which four schools are included in the new College Football Playoff will begin in October and run throughout the final week of the regular season, CFP officials said.
Under the new format, the selection committee members will meet weekly, in person, on Mondays and Tuesdays to produce rankings.The first rankings will be released on Oct. 28 - following the completion of the ninth week of the regular season.
ESPN will have exclusive rights to the announcing of the rankings on Tuesday nights.
“The College Football Playoff marks a new era in which a group of college football experts will decide the best four teams which will compete for the national championship,” said Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff. “The members of the Selection Committee are an outstanding group of people with high integrity and excellent judgment, and ultimately the decision will be theirs. The information released today will help fans, the media, and others in the college football community better understand how the committee will conduct its deliberations. Our top priority is to make sure the new playoff is the best it can be, and that fans have every detail possible about how it will operate.”
The committee will rank the top 25 teams in the country and assign teams to the semifinals and to the Cotton, Fiesta and Peach Bowls in years when they are not hosting semifinal games.