The College Football Playoff Committee hit the nail on the head with the final playoff rankings of the regular season.
Alabama was always the undisputed number 1 ranked team in the country after dethroning Mississippi St. back on November 15th, and backing that up by beating LSU in Death Valley, Auburn in the Iron Bowl, and the Crimson Tide’s dominant performance in Saturday’s SEC Championship game over Missouri.
Some think Oregon should be ranked first, but the Ducks fit in perfectly in the number 2 slot after winning the Pac-12 title.
Florida State in the only FBS school to not lose a game, so they had to be in the top four and they were. My only question about the Noles is if this was still a two team race, where would FSU be ranked?
They would almost have to be ranked first or 2nd and the computers having to decide between Alabama and Oregon. Thankfully, those days are over.
The biggest controversy was with the 4th and final spot in the rankings. TCU had been seemingly solidified in the top 4 for the past few weeks, but Baylor beat TCU.
If the committee put TCU in the top 4 over Baylor, then they would be setting the precedent that head-to-head wins mean next to nothing and if Baylor was put in over TCU, then the committee be setting the precedent that out-of-conference schedules mean nothing.
Baylor’s out-of-conference schedule this season included games against SMU, Northwestern St., and Buffalo, aka nothing.
Instead of getting too cute with the Baylor TCU debate, the Ohio State Buckeyes ended up with the 4th spot, and it was the absolute right move.
Since losing a weak game to Virginia Tech in the second game of the season, the Buckeyes have turned it up, winning every game the rest of the way including impressive triumphs over Michigan State, Minnesota, and Saturday’s statement 59-0 win over #13 Wisconsin to capture the Big 10 championship.
You can’t undervalue how impressive Ohio State’s win over Wisconsin truly was. Coming in, no one could stop Melvin Gordon who was on his way to potentially winning the Heisman Trophy, and putting up 59 points against one of the top defenses in the country was mind-blowing.
Ohio State won the Big 10 title outright, and deserved to be in the top four.
While the College Football Playoff isn’t perfect yet, the committee chose the best four teams in the country to battle it our for a national championship and right now, that’s all you can ask for.
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