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Northwestern ranked No. 21 in first College Football Playoff Rankings

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Northwestern came in at No. 21 in the inaugural College Football Playoff Rankings for this season. The top four teams in these rankings at the end of the season earn a spot in the College Football Playoff.

At 6-2 overall and 2-2 in the Big Ten, Northwestern's wins over Stanford (ranked No. 11) and Duke paid major dividends, according to the selection committee.

As for the rest of the Big Ten, Michigan came in at No. 17, Iowa was at No. 9 and Michigan State slotted in at No. 7. Ohio State was listed as the No. 3 team in the country.

Here are the complete rankings, courtesy of SB Nation:

Playoff committee ranking S&P+ranking Best win, per S&P+ Worst loss, per S&P+ If the season ended today
1 Clemson (8-0) 1 Notre Dame Orange Bowl vs. Alabama
2 LSU (7-0) 6 Florida Cotton Bowl vs. Ohio State
3 Ohio State (8-0) 4 Penn State Cotton Bowl vs. LSU
4 Alabama (7-1) 2 Wisconsin Ole Miss Orange Bowl vs. Clemson
5 Notre Dame (7-1) 9 USC at Clemson Fiesta or Peach
6 Baylor (7-0) 5 West Virginia Sugar Bowl
7 Michigan State (8-0) 23 at Michigan New Year's bowl, potentially Rose*
8 TCU (8-0) 7 West Virginia New Year's bowl
9 Iowa (8-0) 16 at Wisconsin New Year's bowl, potentially Rose*
10 Florida (7-1) 10 Ole Miss at LSU Sugar Bowl
11 Stanford (7-1) 17 at USC at Northwestern Rose Bowl
12 Utah (7-1) 24 Michigan at USC
13 Memphis (8-0) 34 Ole Miss Fiesta or Peach**
14 Oklahoma State (8-0) 35 at West Virginia
15 Oklahoma (7-1) 8 West Virginia Texas
16 Florida State (7-1) 14 Louisville at Georgia Tech
17 Michigan (6-2) 3 BYU at Utah
18 Ole Miss (7-2) 12 at Alabama at Memphis
19 Texas A&M (6-2) 37 Mississippi State at Ole Miss
20 Mississippi State (6-2) 21 Louisiana Tech at Texas A&M
21 Northwestern (6-2) 49 Stanford Iowa
22 Temple (7-1) 39 Penn State Notre Dame
23 UCLA (6-2) 19 BYU Arizona State
24 Toledo (7-0) 20 Arkansas
25 Houston (8-0) 31 at Louisville