Alabama, Notre Dame top first College Football Playoff rankings


Fresh off receiving all 62 first-place votes in this week’s AP Poll, Alabama was named the No. 1 team in the country Tuesday by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee in its first rankings of the 2020 season.

The 7-0 Crimson Tide was followed by Notre Dame (8-0), Ohio State (4-0) and Clemson (7-1) to round out the top four of teams in line to qualify for the College Football Playoff in January.

1. Alabama

2. Notre Dame

3. Clemson

4. Ohio State

5. Texas A&M

6. Florida

7. Cincinnati

8. Northwestern

9. Georgia

10. Miami

11. Oklahoma

12. Indiana

13. Iowa State

14. BYU

15. Oregon

16. Wisconsin

17. Texas

18. USC

19. North Carolina

20. Coastal Carolina

21. Marshall

22. Auburn

23. Oklahoma State

24. Iowa

25. Tulsa

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, many teams have missed games this season due to outbreaks on campus and in locker rooms. The Big Ten and Pac-12 both started their respective seasons late; several teams from those conferences such as Oregon (3-0) and Indiana (4-1) were left out of the top 10 despite strong starts to their schedules.

The College Football Playoff is set to begin Jan. 1, when the two semifinal games will take place before the national championship game is played Jan. 11.