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Texas A&M 5th in initial College Football Playoff rankings

The path to the Playoff is in sight for the Aggies

College Football Playoff National Championship Media Day Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images

Despite all of the rankings and pontificating that’s happened over the past two months of the college football season, none of it really mattered until tonight, when the College Football Playoff committee released their initial rankings for the 2020 season. The top four was unsurprising, with the Alabama Crimson Tide, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Clemson Tigers and Ohio State Buckeyes. But your Texas A&M Aggies came in just one spot shy, at No. 5.

Many thought that Florida, with their big win over Georgia, or perhaps a Group of Five team like Cincinnati or BYU, might be favored by the committee. But it seems the committee likes the Aggies, who sit at 5-1, with the one loss coming in the second game of the season to No. 1 Alabama.

Most importantly for A&M, Notre Dame and Clemson appear to be on a collision course for a rematch in the ACC Championship game, and one of those teams losing could open the door for A&M to make it’s first ever Playoff appearance if they can run the table and finish 9-1 (especially if they do so convincingly).

But there’s still a lot of work to be done. Aggies know this the hard way, after being ranked No. 4 in the first ever Playoff rankings in 2016, only to lose their last four games of the season against Power 5 opponents.

A&M will play its first game in three weeks on Saturday night as the defending national champion LSU Tigers come to Kyle Field.