One last set of rankings to go.
There hasn’t been much change among the top College Football Playoff contenders over the course of the rankings unveilings, but that’s because none of the contenders have been truly challenged. That won’t be the case on conference championship weekend, which will be massively impactful in regard to the final CFP standings.
As of now, only five teams have a legitimate opportunity to make the College Football Playoff. Those are: No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 3 Clemson, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 6 Florida. No. 5 Texas A&M is also in the mix, but would need to see both Florida and Clemson booted from the top four to make the final four — or have Clemson destroy Notre Dame in the ACC championship to the point the Irish fall out anyway.
As luck would have it, each of those teams will face each other this weekend, with the exception of the Buckeyes: No. 1 Alabama plays No. 6 Florida in the SEC championship — a likely play-in game. No. 2 Notre Dame, meanwhile, will rematch against No. 3 Clemson after beating the Tigers on Nov. 7. Because of that, the Irish are in good position to make the Playoff even with a close loss to the Tigers. A Clemson loss, however, would knock the team out for just the second time of the CFP era.
It’s obvious there’s a lot to sort through before the CFP selection committee comes up with its final rankings. But, until then, Sporting News has you covered on how to tune in to the final rankings show:
What time are the College Football Playoff rankings released?
- Date: Tuesday, Dec. 8
- Start time: Noon ET
The College Football Playoff will unveil its final rankings at noon ET on Sunday, Dec. 20.
CFP rankings schedule 2020
Prior to Sunday’s College Football Playoff Selection Show, the rankings schedule featured four straight Tuesday releases, all at 7 p.m. ET, from Nov. 24 to Dec. 15. The final rankings will break from that schedule and air at noon ET the day after conference championship games are played.
Here’s a look at the entire schedule:
|Tuesday, Nov. 24||7 p.m.|
|Tuesday, Dec. 1||7 p.m.|
|Tuesday, Dec. 8||7 p.m.|
|Tuesday, Dec. 15||7 p.m.|
|Sunday, Dec. 20 (final rankings)||Noon|
CFP selection show channel, how to watch
Each of the Playoff rankings will take place on ESPN and can be live streamed on WatchESPN. That’s true for the final set of rankings as well. It can also be streamed on ESPN via fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.
Projected CFP rankings: Who are the top four teams in college football?
1. Alabama (10-0)
2. Notre Dame (10-0)
3. Ohio State (5-0)
4. Clemson (9-1)
According to SN’s post-Week 14 Playoff picture, the top four will look like No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 3 Ohio State and No. 4 Clemson, with Florida and Cincinnati as the Nos. 5 and 6 teams, respectively.