2016 NCAA College Football Polls and Rankings for Week 10
The committee chose to put A&M in the top four over Washington. As I'm sure you know, the top four are really the only ones that matter because nobody else gets to lose to Alabama in a final or semi-final championship game. I assume they picked A&M because the Aggies already have experience losing to Alabama and are therefore playoff-ready.
Oddly enough, Washington also fails to make the top four in the Sagarin computer rankings, but they are displaced by a different team (Ohio State).
The Aggies are ranked 9th in the country by the computer. They are ranked fourth in one respect - fourth in the SEC, behind Alabama, Auburn and LSU!