Alabama, Clemson, Michigan and Texas A&M lead College Football Playoff rankings

The initial College Football Playoff rankings of the season had one surprise.

Alabama, Clemson and Michigan were expected to be in the top three. What was unexpected was one-loss Texas A&M being ahead of unbeaten Washington in the fourth position.

The Aggies, whose lone blemish is a loss at Alabama, sits at No. 7 in the Amway Coaches Poll. But their difficult schedule in the Southeastern Conference, including a win at Auburn, helped move them past the Huskies.

Washington has dominating wins against Stanford and Oregon and just won at Utah, but, despite being 8-0, are currently out of the playoff field

One-loss teams Ohio State and Louisville were in the sixth and seventh positions with five weeks still left in the season. Wisconsin, Auburn and Nebraska round out the top 10, giving the Big Ten four teams and the SEC three near the top.

Also of note, No. 23 Western Michigan was one spot ahead of Boise State in the race among teams in the Group of Five conferences for a spot in one of the major bowls.

Tuesday's ranking is the first of six to be unveiled by the playoff committee. The top four teams in the final ranking on Dec. 4 will meet in the College Football Playoff.

The semifinals will be played at the Fiesta Bowl and Peach Bowl on Dec. 31. The championship game will be held in Tampa, Fla, on Jan. 9.

Here is the complete Top 25 from the committee:

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Michigan
4. Texas A&M
5. Washington
6. Ohio State
7. Louisville
8. Wisconsin
9. Auburn
10. Nebraska
11. Florida
12. Penn State
13. LSU
14. Oklahoma
15. Colorado
16. Utah
17. Baylor
18. Oklahoma State
19. Virginia Tech
20. West Virginia
21. North Carolina
22. Florida State
23. Western Michigan
24. Boise State
25. Washington State

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