College Football Playoff to continue weekly rankings

The College Football Playoff management committee, which consists of the 10 Football Bowl Subdivision conference commissioners as well as Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick, approved the use of weekly rankings once again this upcoming season following a gathering in Irving, TX. However, the committee did not come to a conclusion on how to handle Army and Navy, which play each other the Saturday after the final rankings are released. The committee essentially needs to come up with a plan if either Army or Navy is in the running for a slot in one of the New Year's playoff bowls. The Midshipmen will no longer be independent as they move into the American Athletic Conference, so it could be problematic if Navy wins the conference title and is the highest-ranked Group of Five team entering a closing game against Army. The commissioners plan to meet again in June, so perhaps we will get some clarity then. The CFP selection committee will release its first Top 25 of the 2015 season on November 3 following the ninth week of the season. The final rankings will be unveiled on December 6, which is the day after the regular season concludes outside of the Army-Navy tilt. CFP executive director Bill Hancock said that commissioners of the FBS decided that it was in the best interest of the sport to not alter the system after a successful debut in 2014, which saw No. 4 seed Ohio State beat top seed Alabama and No. 2 Oregon en route to claiming the first-ever College Football Playoff national championship. The playoff set television ratings records last season, and bowl games paid more than a half-billion dollars to conferences and schools last season — the largest payout ever. In its second year of existence, the semifinals of the CFP will be played in the Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl on New Year's Eve. The winners of those two contests will play at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ, on January 11 for the national title. Dave Miller, the college football editor for the National Football Post, is on Twitter @Miller_Dave.

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