College Football Playoff Rankings 2016: Twitter Reacts to Week 10 Top 25 Reveal

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The first rankings from the College Football Playoff committee were released Tuesday, and plenty of debate ensued.

Alabama earned the No. 1 spot, though as we have learned, all that matters is getting into the top four. Clemson, Michigan and Texas A&M also earned that distinction and are in position to compete for the National Championship.

Here is the rest of the Top 25 as decided by the committee:

The Crimson Tide weren’t much of a shocker at No. 1 after their impressive start to the year, and Brett McMurphy of provided an interesting note on the lack of parity atop the rankings:

The rest of the Top 25, however, created plenty of arguments from experts around the college football landscape.

Nicole Auerbach of USA Today summed up the first list:

The biggest surprise was that the Aggies earned the No. 4 spot over Washington despite the fact they have one loss and the Huskies are undefeated.

Committee chair Kirby Hocutt explained the decision, per Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News:

Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports didn’t agree with this reasoning:

Stewart Mandel of Fox Sports added his thoughts:

Bryan Fischer of College Football Talk would like to see the two teams settle the debate on the field:

On the other hand, Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports pointed out another team can pass both of them:

Meanwhile, the SEC is in great shape with Alabama, Texas A&M, Auburn, Florida and LSU in the top 13, as noted by Jake Trotter of

Louisville came in at No. 7, and the Cardinals have a long way to go considering their schedule only gets easier, as Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus noted:

In a shocker outside the top 10, Penn State landed at No. 12. The 6-2 squad has a win over Ohio State and is in good shape going forward, per Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports:

This was part of a nice showing for the Big Ten, and Mandel joked about the fare at Big Ten commissioner Jim Delaney’s house:

“Group of Five” teams will keep their eyes on the Top 25, as the conferences’ highest-ranked champion will be guaranteed a spot in a New Year’s Six bowl game—if that team doesn’t qualify for the playoff. At No. 23, Western Michigan was one spot above Boise State in the committee’s initial rankings, but pundits such as Nick Filipowski of WKBW in Buffalo didn’t like the spot:

There are still four more weeks of regular-season games plus conference title games in most leagues. Plenty can and likely will change, meaning the arguments are only getting started.

All that matters, though, is that the committee finds the best four teams to play for the National Championship.


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