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Huskies ranked fifth in initial playoff poll

The Washington Huskies showed up in the initial 2016 College Football Playoff poll Tuesday as the number-five team in the country. The poll was announced at 4 pm Pacific Time on ESPN.

The top-5 teams ranked at the end of the year will play in the College Football Playoff semifinals. 

Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, and Texas A&M were the top-4 ranked teams. 

The No. 1 and No. 4 teams will square off December 31 in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, while the No. 2 and No. 3 teams will play the same night in the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona. 

The winner of those two games will come together Monday, January 9 in Tampa, Florida for the National Championship game. 

The College Football Playoff committee is the group that puts the poll together every Tuesday from now until the final rankings will be announced Sunday, December 4. This is a different method from the Bowl Championship Series, which used polls and computer rankings from 1998 to 2013.

Here's the makeup of the committee:

Kirby Hocutt (chair), Texas Tech AD

Barry Alvarez, Wisconsin AD

Jeff Bower, former Southern Miss coach*

Herb Deromedi, former Central Michigan coach*

Tom Jernstedt, former NCAA vice president

Bobby Johnson, former Vanderbilt coach

Jeff Long, Arkansas AD*

Rob Mullens, Oregon AD

Dan Radakovich, Clemson AD

Condoleezza Rice, Stanford professor/former Secretary of State

Steve Wieberg, former USA Today college reporter

Tyrone Willingham, former UW/Stanford/Notre Dame coach

*first-year committee member


The committee typically places an emphasis on strength of schedule, head-to-head matchups, and conference championships. 

The committee is also responsible for assigning teams to the New Year's Day bowls. 

For a more complete breakdown on how the committee gets to their overall rankings, click here.

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