It's no surprise Alabama was the top rated team when the College Football Playoff committee released its first rankings Monday evening.

It was the #4 spot that generated some buzz.

Texas A&M, whose only loss was to Alabama, was rated ahead of undefeated Washington and nabbed the fourth spot.

Clemson and Michigan were rated #2 and #3 respectively.

Kirby Holcutt, chairman of the committee, said strength of schedule was the mitigating factor in rating the Aggies ahead of the Huskies.

Ohio State was rated #6, followed by Louisville, Wisconsin, Auburn and Nebraska to round out the top ten.  Florida was #11, followed by Penn State and LSU.

The highest rated team from the Big 12 was Oklahoma at #14.

Among the Group of Five, Western Michigan was the highest rated team at #23, while Boise State was #24.  The Group of Five champion with the highest rating automatically gets one of the New Years' Six bowls.