And no, UCF isn’t a part of this exercise (even though it could and should be)
Okay, College Football Playoff committee. Are you actually watching games and paying attention?
This is all a judging contest, so there are usually no painfully right or wrong answers when it comes to the final four, but every once in a while, there’s a whiff that sort of shows a glitch in the system.
Of course, it’s just not all that hard to come up with at least three of the four teams, and in the end, anyone in the College Football Playoff got the job done somehow. So the rest of the rankings are just to have a few laughs and kill some time.
But getting the little things right in this exercise makes the big part more credible. For example …
There are a few teams that have fallen through the cracks, at least in terms of cracking the top 25, including one in particular. When it comes to the teams pushing for the top four spots, this matters on the resumé.
Remembering that the committee selects teams based on stats, schedules, eye-test, big wins, bad losses, and the overall body of work, the entire idea is to come up with the 25 best teams in college football.
Take these three, and on the best-team-theory, rank them on merit.
Team A: 10-1 record
– One win over a CFP-ranked team, and it came down to the final seconds on the road.
– Struggled way, way, way too much over the last few weeks, needing everything to get by two teams that probably won’t go bowling.
– Two wins over teams that have secured bowl eligibility, and to be fair, both were on the road.
– Ranked in the top ten the AP & Coaches polls, and in the CFP.
– The one loss – a total wipeout – came against a team that didn’t receive a single vote in the in the AP or Coaches polls, won’t be ranked in the CFP, and might not go bowling.
– 113th in strength of schedule.
Team B: 10-1 record
– No wins over current CFP-ranked teams.
– Needed a miraculous call last week to survive against one of the worst teams in college football.
– No wins over any Power Five teams, two wins over bowl eligible teams (and barely bowl eligible). However …
– Ranked in the top 15 the AP & Coaches polls, and top 25 in the CFP.
– The one loss came against a team that didn’t even receive a top 25 vote in the AP or Coaches polls, and won’t be ranked in the CFP.
– 129th in strength of schedule – the second-worst in college football.
Team C: 7-4 record
Team A: One win over a CFP-ranked team, and it was a dominant 21-point performance on the road.
– Red hot, won four of the last five games with the lone loss coming on an untimed down closing out a miraculous performance.
– Two wins over teams that have secured bowl eligibility, and it could turn out to be as many as five. However …
– Not even close to being in the AP or Coaches Top 25, and haven’t been in the CFP top 25.
– Yeah, four losses … one on the road to a solid team in a tough finish after a wether delay. The other three losses were against last week’s CFP No. 1 on the road, and to No. 5 and No. 17 at home in a miraculously painful loss.
– By the way, went on the road and beat the team that blew away Team A. And here’s the key to all of this …
– 10th in strength of schedule
Team A – Ohio State – is ranked 10th in the latest other polls despite beating few teams with a pulse – again, 113th in SOS – and playing like wet garbage against inferior opponents.
Team B – Utah State – has played a schedule that makes UCF look like it’s ripping through the SEC West, and there but for a little divine love survived against Colorado State. It’s in the top 15 in both of the other polls, just because of the record.
Team C – Missouri – has played a brutal schedule that Utah State would probably be 5-6 against at absolute generous best – losses at Alabama, Georgia, at South Carolina, Kentucky – destroyed Florida in The Swamp just a few weeks ago, beat Purdue on the road – hello, Ohio State – and is playing like one of the 15 best teams in college football over the second half of the season.
College Football Playoff committee, if you’re really doing this thing based on who the best teams are right now … show me.