The College Football Playoff rankings edition, and LSU vs. Alabama, in the latest Cavalcade of Whimsy.
Sorry if this column sucks, it’s not my fault …
It doubted Jake Fromm …
This is actually going to be a whole lot easier than it seems, but …
Dear College Football Playoff committee,
Please don’t screw this up.
There is no UCFish Group of Five thing to deal with this year – not that there actually was one over the last two seasons – and there’s no undefeated Notre Dame curveball.
We trust that each of the committee members had a visit with the MIB Neuralyzer before entering the room in Grapevine – of course, none of you remember that – so no one has any recollection of what happened last season, and there are no preconceived notions as you do this.
We already know who the four best teams in college football are.
Ohio State, LSU, Alabama, Clemson.
Oh sure, you’ll probably put Clemson around 6ish to start – since its schedule was ordered off of the kid’s menu – but whatever. Talent-wise, its one of just six teams – let’s say Oregon and Georgia are there, too – who could actually win a game or two.
No, last year didn’t exist, but we do have to see 13-0 Clemson in, just like we had to see an unbeaten Florida State in the tournament in 2014.
Penn State will have its say. If it beats Ohio State, then you’ll have some work to do.
Oklahoma … nah. The schedule isn’t Clemson’s, but it sure is nice and squishy. If it wins out and goes 12-1, though, it’ll have a seat at the table.
Oregon and Utah are strong, but that Duck loss to Auburn pretty much ends that argument – you can’t put in Oregon over Florida, at least on merit – and Utah’s loss at USC is a stinger.
So now it’s your job to sell it no matter what. After last year’s disaster of a playoff with those three awful games, America needs something amazing again.
We don’t need any more charity selections just because an okay team happens to have the right record – even if it’s the right thing to do to give that team the nod.
We all know that you had to put in Notre Dame and Oklahoma last year – really, we know, you had to do it – but we also know that Ohio State and Georgia would’ve made it a better tournament.
This year, bring it.
Don’t explain. Don’t couch your choices. Don’t talk about process – we know how well that goes over with a portion of our nation right now – and don’t try to explain anything.
We want Rob Mullens to come walking out after the first rankings are released and say …
“Ohio State, LSU, Alabama, Clemson … duh.”
And walk out of the room.
And when we all ask about the other 21 teams in the rankings, as he’s walking out, we want him to say, “you heard me.”
We’re here. It’s College Football Playoff rankings time.