Michigan-Alabama, Washington-Texas headline CFP field

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee revealed the final rankings of the season on Sunday, and the four-team Playoff field is set.

After Georgia’s loss to Alabama in the Southeastern Conference Championship on Saturday, it resulted in a chaotic final scenario for the selection committee.

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They came up with the rankings, however, after hours-long debate and chose Michigan as the No. 1 team. The Wolverines make the Playoff for a third year in a row, and this time seek a win for the first time.

As for Michigan’s opponent, the selection committee gave the nod to the Crimson Tide. Alabama is on an 11-game winning streak after losing to Texas in Week 2.

Texas made the CFP for the first time, entering at No. 3, and will play No. 2 Washington. Both the Longhorns and Huskies won their conferences, and the latter earns a CFP berth for the second time and first since 2016.

For the first time in the CFP era, an unbeaten Power 5 conference team was left out of the Playoff. Florida State entered the final CFP rankings at No. 5 having beaten Louisville in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship on Saturday and closed conference championship week at 13-0.

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However, after the loss of quarterback Jordan Travis in Week 12 due to a horrific left leg injury, the selection committee went a different direction.

After its loss in the SEC Championship, the Bulldogs fell to No. 6. 

Both CFP semifinals will take place Jan. 1, 2024, from the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl.

Here are the full, final CFP rankings of the season.





Florida State


Ohio State



Penn State

Ole Miss





Notre Dame


NC State

Oregon State

Oklahoma State





Kansas State