The final College Football Playoff rankings are out. What matters, what happened, and what to take away from what the committee came up with.
5. It’s time to celebrate some amazing seasons
Of course it’s all about the top four at the end of the day. That’s the playoff, that’s the big deal, that’s the Holy Grail that every program wants.
But for several teams, being acknowledged in the final College Football Playoff top 25 is amazing.
Iowa State was terrific under Matt Campbell last season, but was it a fluke? Was it an aberration? It was losing a few key parts, it struggled out of the gate, it started a freshman quarterback, and yet it still finished 24th. TCU wasn’t in the top 25. Neither was Texas Tech, Kansas State or Baylor.
Before the season, what would you say if someone told you Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska wouldn’t be in the final top 25 and Northwestern would be 21st? How about Kentucky finishing in the top 14? Washington State 13th? Syracuse 20th?
How about the Mountain West getting Boise State and Fresno State in? How about UCF answering every challenge and finishing eighth?
It’s so easy to point out the flaws, the big losses, and the reasons why these teams aren’t in the top four or might not deserve it. We remember the tough losses in the big moments, but on this day, let’s celebrate the successes, too.