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The curvy 2020 college football season got us just hours off the top ranked college football playoffs.
What will these top 4 look like? The top three teams will surely be made up of some orders from Alabama, Notre Dame and Ohio State, all of which are undefeated and have beaten the top five opponents this season. It's the fourth point the playoff committee has to make some tough decisions.
Will it be 7-1 Clemson, who lost an overtime thriller without Trevor Lawrence to Notre Dame earlier this year? That would make the ACC championship game a potential playoff play-in game, although it is worth wondering if the Irish could get in if they split from the Tigers. The other likely contender in fourth place is Florida 6-1, whose only loss this year is to Texas A&M and which appears slated for a collision with Alabama in the SEC championship game.
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One more thing to consider: the placement of teams like Oregon, Texas A&M, BYU, and Cincinnati. These teams – the latter two in particular – appear to be outside the playoffs, apart from any late-season chaos. Your initial placement in the leaderboard will go a long way in determining the likelihood of a playoff.
Do you think that doesn't matter? Only two of the 24 teams that made the playoffs were ranked outside the top 10 of the original ranking: Ohio State (# 16 in 2014) and Oklahoma (# 15 in 2015). None of the last 20 teams were ranked outside the top 10.
This is doubly important for Cincinnati and BYU. Only one non-Power 5 team (Notre Dame, 2018) has ever made the playoffs. The highest ranking any other non-Power 5 team had in the top 25 other than the Irish was UFC, which finished 12th in 2018. The Knights only moved up four places over the course of the season and finished 8th in the final CFP rankings. You were one of only four undefeated FBS teams that year; The other three made the playoffs.
Yes, placement will be important with the unveiling on Tuesday. All the more reason to watch, right? Here's everything you need to know to get started:
When will the College Football Playoff Leaderboards be released?
Date: Tuesday November 24thStart time: 7 p.m. ET
The College Football Playoff will publish its first leaderboard at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday November 24th. According to the official playoff website, this will be the case for each of the following leaderboards by December 20th, when the leaderboards are released at 12:00 noon.
2020 CFP Ranking Schedule
The CFP leaderboard will be published on four consecutive Tuesdays from November 24th to December 15th. The final leaderboard will be released on December 20th, the weekend all Power 5 conference championship games will be played.
However, the second rankings, which will be released December 1, coincide with the Champions Classic of college basketball (No. 9 Duke versus No. 13 Michigan State and No. 10 Kentucky versus No. 6 Kansas). Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET so it is uncertain how this will affect the timing of the rankings being published. In 2019, the ranking between the two games was published.
Here's a look at the entire schedule:
Tuesday November 24th
Tuesday December 1st
Tuesday December 8th
Tuesday December 15th
Sunday, December 20 (selection Sunday)
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CFP selections show channel as you can see
Each of the playoff leaderboards takes place on ESPN and can be broadcast live on WatchESPN. The first ranking will be published around 7 p.m. ET, as well as any subsequent leaderboards leading to the selection of the College Football Playoffs, will be on Sunday, December 20th.
Projected CFP Ranking: Who Are The Top Four Teams In College Football?
1. Alabama (7-0)
2. Ohio State (4-0)
3. Notre Dame (8-0)
4. Clemson (7-1)
According to SN's playoff picture after week 12These top 4 will look like No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Notre Dame, and No. 4 Clemson, with Florida and Cincinnati being the first teams.