First 2016 CFP rankings release date announced

The preseason coaches poll released a few weeks ago and they will continue to update as the season progresses. The Associated Press preseason poll releases on August 23 and it will also release weekly throughout the season.

Those two rankings are great and fun to watch each week, but fans don’t start taking the polls seriously until late in the season. Around the first weekend of November was when the first BCS rankings used to come out and that is also when the first College Football Playoff rankings came out last season.

A CFP press release has just revealed when the first rankings of the 2015 season will come out. The CFP Selection Committee met earlier this week in Dana, California to prepare for the upcoming season. At that meeting, they set the weekly release dates for the CFP rankings and the date for Selection Day, where they announce the CFP teams and the pairings for the other CFP associated bowls.

“We reviewed our process and procedures during the off-season and we’re very pleased with how things turned out last season,” said Jeff Long, committee chair. “The purpose of this week’s meetings was to continue to orient our two new members and begin to focus on the upcoming season. We look forward to reconvening this fall.”

The first set of CFP rankings will be released after the ninth weekend of games. The full schedule is below.

Tuesday, Nov. 3 7:30 p.m. ET ESPN

Tuesday, Nov. 10 7:30 p.m. ET ESPN

Tuesday, Nov. 17 9:30 p.m. ET ESPN

Tuesday, Nov. 24 7 p.m. ET ESPN

Tuesday, Dec. 1 7 p.m. ET ESPN

Sunday, Dec. 6 Noon ET ESPN

The committee also discussed its recusal policy.

“A recused member shall not participate in any votes involving the team from which the individual is recused.”

“A recused member is permitted to answer only factual questions about the institution from which the member is recused, but shall not be present during any deliberations regarding that team’s selection or seeding. Recused members shall not participate in discussions regarding the placement of the reduced team into a bowl game.”

“If a committee member or an immediate family member, e.g., spouse, sibling or child, (a) is compensated by a school, (b) provides professional services for a school, or (c) is on the coaching staff or administrative staff at a school or is a football student-athlete at a school, that member will be recused. Such compensation shall include not only direct employment, but also current paid consulting arrangements, deferred compensation (e.g., contract payments continuing after employment has ended) or other benefits. The committee will have the option to add other recusals if special circumstances arise.”

Recusals for the 2015-16 season:

  • Air Force – Mike Gould
  • Arkansas – Jeff Long
  • Clemson – Dan Radakovich
  • Duke – Tyrone Willingham (daughter is on staff at the university)
  • Nebraska – Tom Osborne
  • Southern California – Pat Haden
  • Stanford – Condoleezza Rice; Tyrone Willingham (son is on staff at the university)
  • Texas Tech – Kirby Hocutt
  • Wisconsin – Barry Alvarez

It just got real. College football is almost back and there is reason to get excited. The first official nationally televised game of the 2015 season is on August 29 when four-time defending FCS National Champions North Dakota State take on Montana on ESPN at 3:30 p.m., while the first FBS game is on September 3 when North Carolina and South Carolina go at it on ESPN at 6:00 p.m.

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