The College Football Playoff committee has been impressed with the Colorado Buffaloes this season.

On Tuesday night, the first CFP rankings of the season were announced and the Buffs came in at No. 15. It's the first time in the three-year history of the CFP that CU has been included in the top 25 rankings.

The top four teams in the final rankings — to be released in early December — will advance to the four-team playoff for the national title.

Alabama (8-0) is at No. 1, followed by Clemson (8-0) at No. 2, Michigan (8-0) at No. 3 and Texas A&M (7-1) at No. 4. Washington (8-0) is ranked No. 5, with Ohio State (7-1) at No. 6 and Louisville (7-1) at No. 7.

After Washington, Colorado (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12) is the second-highest team from the Pac-12. Utah (7-2) is ranked 16th and Washington State (6-2) is at No. 25.

With two losses, CU would have a tough time getting into the top four, but climbing from No. 15 to the top four has been done in both seasons of the CFP.

In 2014, Ohio State was ranked No. 16 in the first set of rankings and the Buckeyes went on to win the national title. Last season, Oklahoma was ranked No. 15 when the first set of CFP rankings were released, and the Sooners climbed to No. 4 and reached the playoffs.

The Buckeyes and Sooners had just one loss in their playoff years, however.


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In the previous two seasons of the CFP, the highest end-of-season ranking for a two-loss team came last year, when Stanford was ranked No. 6 with an 11-2 record.

Brian Howell: howellb@dailycamera.com, on Twitter: @BrianHowell33.