With the institution of the College Football Playoff and the end of the BCS, the 2014 season will see a new set of top 25 rankings from the Playoff’s selection committee.
ESPN is reporting that the selection committee’s first top 25 ranking will be unveiled on Oct. 28, the Tuesday after the ninth week of the season.
Following that initial rankings release, the selection committee “will release its weekly regular-season rankings each Tuesday night” for the remainder of the regular season, total seven rankings for the season. Bill Hancock, executive director of the CFP, said that the selection would meet in person in order to assemble the rankings.
The committee’s final rankings will either be released on Dec. 6 late at night following the conclusion of conference championships, or on the following day. The top four teams in that final poll will play in the College Football Playoff semifinals.
The BCS ordinarily released its initial rankings a week earlier.
Hancock also addressed the SEC’s recent decision to stick with an eight-game league schedule, saying that the number of conference games a team plays "won't matter." Instead, Hancock said the committee will focus on a team’s strength of schedule when determining its rankings.
"To the committee it won't matter whether you played an eight or nine game conference schedule. But it will matter who you played for your 12 or 13 games. And, of course, how you did against them," Hancock said.
The Big Ten is moving to a nine-game schedule this season, joining the Big 12 and Pac-12, and the ACC is also considering the change.
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