Texas A&M turned heads last week when the Aggies were slotted No. 4 in the first College Football Playoff rankings. They turned more heads last Saturday when they lost to Mississippi State. That means there will be at least one new team among the four playoff spots when the second batch of standings are announced tonight.
The team most likely to replace Texas A&M? Washington. The Huskies beat Cal 66-27 on Saturday and has the No. 2 scoring offense in the country with 48.3 points per game.
The top three teams shouldn’t change: Alabama, Clemson and Michigan each took care of business Saturday.
What time is the College Football Playoff rankings show?
Tonight’s show begins at 7 p.m. ET. Make sure you have your DVR running or you’re in position to watch because ESPN got right into it for Week 1.
What TV channel will show the College Football Playoff rankings announcement?
ESPN will televise the College Football Playoff rankings release each week through the Dec. 4 final announcement. Here’s the complete schedule:
Today: 7 p.m. ET
November 15: 9 p.m. ET*
November 22: 7 p.m. ET
November 29: 7 p.m. ET
December 4: Noon ET (final four playoff teams announced)
* This time is approximate. The rankings will be released between the Champions Classic basketball doubleheader. The first game features Kentucky vs. Michigan State followed by Duke vs. Kansas. Both games are at Madison Square Garden in New York.
What did the rankings look like last week?
The College Football Playoff selection committee ranked the teams this way last Tuesday:
4. Texas A&M
6. Ohio State
12. Penn State
18. Oklahoma State
19. Virginia Tech
20. West Virginia
21. North Carolina
23. Western Michigan
24. Boise State
25. Washington State
College Football Playoff burning questions
Does the No. 4 place go to Washington?
It sure looks that way. The Huskies are 9-0 and have a big test this weekend against USC. The committee’s other option appears to be Ohio State. The Buckeyes looked like the team we thought they’d be in dismantling No 10 Nebraska 62-3. But the Buckeyes own a loss (to Penn State). It’s unlikely a team other than Washington is in the playoff field after tonight’s announcement.
Is there a sleeper team we should be paying attention to?
One-loss teams Louisville and Wisconsin have favorable schedules the rest of the way. Both could be poised to make a move if any of the top four teams lose. At No. 9 entering tonight’s announcement, Auburn is an interesting team. The Tigers have two losses — to No. 2 Clemson and previous No. 4 Texas A&M. If Auburn wins Saturday at Georgia and follows with a win the next week at Alabama A&M, the Iron Bowl vs. Alabama will be for a trip to the SEC Championship Game. If Auburn wins that game and the SEC title, is a two-loss Auburn with a win against Alabama worthy of one of the top four positions?