First release of College Football Playoff rankings will be delayed
The first release of the College Football Playoff rankings in 2020 will be delayed.
College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock told ESPN on Thursday that the rankings will be delayed by one week this year. The initial rankings were expected to come out on Nov. 17, but will instead be pushed back to Nov. 24.
A change comes after four FBS leagues — B1G, Pac-12, Mountain West and MAC — opted back in on playing a fall football season. All four conferences are scheduled to begin their seasons in either late October or early November.
“Now that we know all the conferences’ starting dates, this change will allow the committee to analyze another week of games,” Hancock told ESPN. “There will be four rankings before Selection Day. The committee members have been studying teams and watching video, and I know they’re looking forward to rolling up their sleeves and getting together.”
The College Football Playoff committee still plans to conclude the final rankings on Sunday, Dec. 20 to reveal which four teams will compete for a national championship.
Recently, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott pushed for the Playoff to be expanded on a one-year trial basis because of the unique schedule and circumstances. However, the other conference commissioners were not on board and voted down an eight-team field.