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Final CFP rankings scheduled for Dec. 6

The first College Football Playoff ranking of the 2015 season will be announced at 7:30 p.m. ET on Nov. 3 (ESPN), and the final ranking will be revealed Dec. 6, according to a release Thursday from the CFP.

The 13 members of the selection committee -- which now include Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt and former Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson -- will produce weekly rankings beginning after the ninth weekend of games, which is the same starting point as last season. There will be one fewer ranking in 2015 because the season starts a week later.

The final top 25, along with the semifinal pairings and matchups for the New Year's Six bowls, will be announced at noon ET on Dec. 6 on ESPN.

Executive director Bill Hancock told ESPN.com that the criteria for determining the top four teams will remain the same: championships won, strength of schedule, head-to-head competition and comparative outcomes of common opponents. Hancock said the criteria are not weighted.

The selection committee met for three days this week in Dana Point, California, and also determined that the recusal policy will remain the same this fall. Tyrone Willingham is recused from voting for Duke this year because his daughter is employed by the university, and he can't vote for Stanford because his son is employed there. There was no school Johnson is recused for, and Hocutt is recused from voting for Texas Tech.

Committee member Mike Tranghese did not attend the meetings but will remain a member of the selection committee, Hancock said.