The first week of the College Football Playoff rankings were released Tuesday night with a surprise decision by the committee.

Although BYU is ranked No. 8 in both the Associated Press and Coaches’ Polls, the Cougars checked in at No. 14 in the playoff rankings. Not only is BYU out of reach for the playoff, the undefeated Cougars aren’t even starting in a position to reach a New Year’s Six bowl, which typically falls to teams within the first 12 spots.

To make matters worse, the Cougars are behind several two-loss teams in No. 9 Georgia (5-2), No. 11 Oklahoma (6-2) and No. 13 Iowa State (5-2). BYU’s low ranking caught the attention of the country with many shocked at how the committee evaluated the Cougars.

“I’m still blown away we’ve got BYU down at No. 14, and Indiana at No. 12,” said ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit. “BYU’s AD better get on the phone with Seattle and get as many games as it can.”

BYU’s original 2020 schedule featured games against six Power 5 opponents: Utah, Michigan State, Arizona State, Minnesota, Missouri and Stanford, all of which were canceled when the Pac-12, Big Ten and SEC went to league-only schedules due to COVID-19. As an Independent, BYU had to redo nearly its entire schedule and still managed to get several respectable opponents in Boise State, Houston and Navy. The Cougars ended up blowing them all out on the road and have outscored its opponents 428-125 this season.

Here’s how the media, fans and BYU players reacted after the rankings came out:

College Football Playoff Rankings — Nov. 24

1. Alabama (7-0)
2. Notre Dame (8-0)
3. Clemson (7-1)
4. Ohio State (4-0)
5. Texas A&M (5-1)
6. Florida (6-1)
7. Cincinnati (8-0)
8. Northwestern (5-0)
9. Georgia (5-2)
10. Miami (7-1)
11. Oklahoma (6-2)
12. Indiana (4-1)
13. Iowa State (6-2)
14. BYU (9-0)
15. Oregon (3-0)
16. Wisconsin (2-1)
17. Texas (5-2)
18. USC (3-0)
19. UNC (6-2)
20. Coastal Carolina (8-0)
21. Marshall (7-0)
22. Auburn (5-2)
23. Oklahoma State (5-2)
24. Iowa (3-2)
25. Tulsa (5-1)

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