Alabama, Clemson, LSU and Notre Dame are the top four teams in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season.
The 13-member selection committee released the first of its five weekly top 25s before the four-team field is set for the College Football Playoff semifinals on Dec. 2.
Michigan is fifth, followed by Georgia and Oklahoma. Florida (6-2, 4-2) is ranked No. 11, the first time making the poll since 2016.
The top four teams were no surprise. The same four teams are Nos. 1-4 in the latest Associated Press college football poll, except with Notre Dame third and LSU fourth.
Next week’s rankings figure to look a lot different. Four games matching top-20 teams will be played Saturday, including Alabama at LSU.
UCF was the highest ranked team from outside the Power Five conferences at 12th.
College Football Playoff Rankings
|4. Notre Dame||8-0|
|8. Washington St.||7-1|
|10. Ohio St.||7-1|
|13. West Virginia||6-1|
|14. Penn St.||6-2|
|18. Mississippi St.||5-3|
|20. Texas A&M||5-3|
|21. NC State||5-2|
|22. Boston College||6-2|
|23. Fresno St.||7-1|
|24. Iowa St.||4-3|
The playoff semifinals match the No. 1 seed vs. the No. 4 seed, and No. 2 will face No. 3. The semifinals will be hosted at the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl on Dec. 29. The championship game will be played on Jan. 7, 2019 at Santa Clara, Calif.