The first College Football Playoff Committee rankings of 2016 have been released and the top 4 surprised many with two SEC teams making an appearance. Numbers one through three went about as expected with Alabama, Clemson and Michigan in that order (though I’m sure some will find a way to quibble about flipping Michigan and Clemson). Most thought the undefeated Washington Huskies would round out the opening top 4 but 1-loss Texas A&M actually occupies the 4 slot.
The Committee seems high on Colorado as the Buffs are 21st in the AP poll, and 20th in the Coaches poll, the playoff committee, however, has them at 15. A strong showing in the Big House against number 3 Michigan is probably propping them up. Right behind the Buffs at number 16 is Utah. The Utes are also 16th in the AP and Coaches Polls. Rounding out the top 25 is Washington State. Much like Utah, the Cougars are ranked the same in all 3 of the polls.
You can see the full rankings below:
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