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In the top 25 rankings that matter the most, CSU’s football team didn’t make the cut.

The College Football Playoff’s selection committee released its top 25 Tuesday evening, and Colorado State University (9-1, 5-1 Mountain West) wasn’t on the list. No team from a conference outside of the Power Five did, for that matter, with unbeaten Marshall (9-0) also left off.

The 12-member committee will have to choose a champion from a conference outside of the Power Five to participate in either the Cotton, Fiesta or Peach Bowl at the end of the season but so far has not announced anything beyond a top 25 made up entirely of teams from the Power Five conferences.

“All we can do is control what we’re doing,” CSU coach Jim McElwain said after practice. “I know that we were in their discussion, I’ll bet. … The good thing is I think people are talking about us, and that’s a great thing.”

CSU, which has won eight straight games, was ranked No. 23 this week in the Associated Press media poll and No. 25 in the Amway Coaches’ Poll. It’s the first time the Rams have been ranked in the top 25 since the start of the 2003 season, when they were No. 23 in the preseason AP poll. They dropped out of the rankings after losing to the University of Colorado in the season opener.


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