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Full College Football Playoff rankings here, topped by Mississippi State

The College Football Playoff selection committee announced its first-ever Top 25 ranking Tuesday night, led by a team that just a few weeks ago landed its first-ever AP Top 25 No. 1 spot.

The College Football Playoff announced its first preliminary rankings Tuesday night. This means we got our first glimpse at what the selection committee is thinking, after years of speculating about what the committee will value and decades of demanding a playoff system in the first place.

The 12-member committee has met every week and spent the last two days discussing its initial top 25 over the course of 12 hours. It will release a weekly ranking from now until the last week of the season, with that last ranking deciding the matchups in the Playoff and the four other New Year's Six bowls. This week's technically means nothing, but it does show which teams have the inside tracks and which have ground to make up.

Here's the full official ranking, led by Mississippi State and the defending national champions, Florida State, with Auburn a potential surprise up at No. 3. We've also listed each ranked team's toughest remaining opponent, according to Football Outsiders' F/+ rating, and the postseason destinations if the season ended right now.

College Football Playoff

Rank Team Conference Toughest opponent left (per F/+) If the season ended today ...
1 Mississippi State SEC Ole Miss Sugar Bowl vs. Ole Miss
2 Florida State ACC Louisville Rose Bowl vs. Auburn
3 Auburn SEC Ole Miss Rose Bowl vs. Florida State
4 Ole Miss SEC Auburn Sugar Bowl vs. Mississippi State
5 Oregon Pac-12 Stanford New Year's bowl
6 Alabama SEC Auburn Orange Bowl*
7 TCU Big 12 Kansas State New Year's bowl
8 Michigan State Big Ten Ohio State New Year's bowl
9 Kansas State Big 12 TCU New Year's bowl
10 Notre Dame Independent Louisville New Year's bowl
11 Georgia SEC Auburn
12 Arizona Pac-12 Arizona State
13 Baylor Big 12 Oklahoma
14 Arizona State Pac-12 Notre Dame
15 Nebraska Big Ten Wisconsin
16 Ohio State Big Ten Michigan State
17 Utah Pac-12 Oregon
18 Oklahoma Big 12 Baylor
19 LSU SEC Alabama
20 West Virginia Big 12 TCU
21 Clemson ACC Georgia Tech Orange Bowl*
22 UCLA Pac-12 Stanford
23 East Carolina American UCF New Year's bowl*
24 Duke ACC Virginia Tech
25 Louisville ACC Florida State

* The Orange Bowl takes the highest-rated non-Playoff teams from the ACC and from a Big Ten/SEC/Notre Dame group. The highest-rated non-power-conference champion is also guaranteed a New Year's Bowl spot.

What do you think? Who's too high? Too low? What's the biggest surprise?