Why is the lone unbeaten team among the Power Five conferences – and in all of college football – not ranked #1? Why did it keep putting one-loss teams in front of said undefeated team? Even worse, why put TCU in front of Florida State???
However, upon seeing the last CFP rankings I have to say something – and I can’t believe I am about to type this.
The committee got it right.
First of all, I will not debate the merits of Alabama and Oregon. Yes they did sustain one loss each, but let’s not kid ourselves. Those are the best two teams in college football – period.
So let’s turn to the following teams: Florida State, Ohio State, TCU, and Baylor. The committee would have been stuck on stupid if it had left the undefeated defending national champion Seminoles out of the playoffs. Sure, FSU had been shitted on despite their perfect record all season long. I mean if it wasn’t them not maintaining “game control” (whatever the fuck that means), it was being clowned for their schedule (despite playing the most Power 5 conference teams in the country). However 13-0 is 13-0, and FSU was not going to be denied.
As for Ohio State, any time a team curb-stomps what I thought was a good team for the Big Ten championship with its THIRD-STRING QB, it is more than deserving. 59-0 over Wisconsin? No question with the Buckeyes’ selection either.
Which brings us to TCU and Baylor. Look, both squads had AMAZING seasons. Both finished 11-1 and are co-champions of the Big 12. Herein lies the problem: the “co-champions” part. The committee was not going to be picking ANY co-champion.
I could go on and say that Baylor needs to schedule better out-of-conference opponents. I could also say that TCU should not choked against Baylor in the final quarter earlier this season.
The fact of the matter is the committee has punished the Big 12 for not having a conference championship game. I thought the Big-12 was trying to get off easy and back-door its way into the playoff by not doing so.
Here is some unsolicited advice: grab two more teams (Cincinnati and BYU) and have a conference championship game like everyone else. Oh, and schedule better too…