Five reactions and what we learned from the second rankings from the College Football Playoff committee.
5. Rapid-Fire First Reaction To Latest College Football Playoff Rankings
Overall, the rankings are relatively clean. There’s one massive glitch that somehow wasn’t fixed after last week, but I’ll get to that in a second. Other than that, there’s not much to get into a twist over, except for …
The rationale for Georgia at 4 doesn’t make any sense. Georgia might have beaten Florida and Notre Dame, but it had those two wins on the resumé ,last week, too, when it was at 6 and Bama was at 3. Bama’s loss to no-brainer No. 1 LSU was far more acceptable than Georgia’s home loss to a South Carolina team that’s probably going to end up 4-8. Nothing actually changed when it comes to the Georgia vs. Bama debate.
LSU being No. 1 only really matters if and when Alabama becomes the No. 4 seed. The Tigers aren’t going to budge from this spot the rest of the way if they win out. You’ve been warned over and over again – they didn’t kill the beast. Bama is still more than alive. More on that, too, in a moment.
Technically, Florida should be higher. Its two losses came to No. 1 LSU and No. 4 Georgia. It’s win over No. 12 Auburn is better than anything Ohio State, Clemson, Alabama, Oregon, Utah, Penn State and Oklahoma have done – and that’s the problem with all of this. A team shouldn’t be punished just because it had to play nasty teams, and others didn’t. With the combination of resume and eye-test – like the committee uses, Florida should’ve settled in around seven or so, and …
Minnesota should be higher than 8. The rest of the body of work isn’t anything great, but it just beat the CFP-declared No. 4 team. If the committee loved Penn State that much, an unbeaten Gopher team should be ahead of Oregon and Utah.
Iowa’s losses? Penn State, Michigan, Wisconsin. The No. 20 team should be ranked higher than No. 17 Cincinnati, No. 18 Memphis, and definitely No. 19 Texas.
There’s no chance anyone on the committee has actually seen Boise State play since the win over a mediocre Florida State team. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be ranked ahead of No. 23 Navy or No. 25 Appalachian State.
Every sort of newsy media outlet will be fully-focused on the deepest inner-workings of our government over the next several weeks and months with these impeachment hearings … and yet the idea of turning a camera on the College Football Playoff committee as it argues, debates, and reasons through the process is a non-starter.