Arizona State came in at No. 14 when the first ever College Football Playoff top 25 was released Tuesday, one spot ahead of where the team ranks in the AP Poll at No. 15
A 12-person committee made up of current and former NCAA Division I athletic directors, coaches and players in a selection and seeding process which includes conference championships won, strength of schedule, head-to-head competition, outcomes of common opponents and key injuries.
The committee met in person for the first time to decide the rankings Monday and Tuesday, the top four teams will advance to the College Football Playoff with other teams getting relegated to the At&T Cotton Bowl, Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl.
This system replaces the BCS system which used computers to calculate a top 25. The two teams which finished No. 1 and No. 2 then played in the BCS National Championship Game which changed locations around the country. The new rankings will be announced every Tuesday through the end of the season. In 2015, the national championship will be played in North Texas; 2016 in Arizona; and Tampa Bay in 2017.
Among the other Pac-12 teams ranked are No. 22 UCLA, No. 17 Utah, No. 12 Arizona and No. 5 Oregon. Future Arizona State opponent Notre Dame is No. 10. It's not good news for Sun Devil fans that a one loss Pac-12 team was left out of the top four teams in the rankings.