AP Top 25 Reality Check: Hints at what's to come from CFP
November 22, 2020
The College Football Playoff rankings will be released for the first time this season Tuesday.
Combine the latest AP Top 25 with a little history and you can find hints about what to expect.
Never has the selection committee's initial top four precisely matched the top four of the AP poll that preceded it. Only once, in 2018, have all four teams been the same in each set of rankings, but that year two of the teams were slotted differently.
In three of the six seasons of the playoff, three of the four teams were the same in each ranking. In two others, only two of four were a match.