College Football Playoff rankings: Final top 25 of 2023 season released
The College Football Playoff selection committee put out its top 25 rankings throughout the final weeks of the season on Tuesday nights. Then the calendar turns to Selection Sunday.
For Selection Day, the top 6 teams were revealed in a separate presentation first. The college football world learned that the final 4 is Michigan, Washington, Texas and Alabama. It was also revealed that Florida State and Georgia were the first 2 teams left out of the CFP.
While the Playoff is only 4 teams, for the final time, the selection committee ranks the top 25. The committee announces the New Year’s Six bowl lineup, which then leads to the remaining bowl games picking from the pool of eligible teams.
Conference tie-ins are prioritized for the NY6 bowl lineup, followed by the highest-ranked at-large teams available. The highest-ranked Group of 5 conference champion also gets to play in an NY6 game.
After much discussion of the top 6, the rest of the top 25 was revealed on ESPN. Unlike the AP Top 25 and the Coaches Poll, the selection committee does not update rankings following bowl games.