The first College Football Playoff rankings of the 2019 season are debuted after Week 10’s games, which gave the selection committee roughly two months to evaluate teams before releasing its top-25 rankings.
The College Football Playoff rankings are announced on Tuesday nights on ESPN, so the initial 2019 rankings came out on Tuesday, Nov. 5 and the rest of the committee’s rankings will be announced according to the following schedule:
- Week 11: Tuesday, Nov. 5
- Week 12: Tuesday, Nov. 12
- Week 13: Tuesday, Nov. 19
- Week 14: Tuesday, Nov. 26
- Week 15: Tuesday, Dec. 3
- Final rankings: Sunday, Dec. 8
While they’ll have to earn their rankings on the field, there’s a pretty good chance Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State will be ranked highly among the selection committee’s top 25 teams in Week 10. Those are the only schools that have been ranked in every one of the CFP rankings during the playoff era.
While Alabama and Clemson were ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in last season’s initial CFP rankings, we’ve also seen teams debut in the top four before falling short of the playoff.
In the first-ever playoff rankings in 2014, Mississippi State was No. 1 and in-state rival Ole Miss was No. 4.
The two schools finished No. 7 and No. 9, respectively, as they each team lost two more games between when the Week 10 rankings were released and when the committee decided the four-team playoff field.