Five reactions and what we learned from the penultimate rankings from the College Football Playoff committee.
5. Rapid-Fire First Reaction To Latest College Football Playoff Rankings
The committee, really, really, really, really, really doesn’t like Minnesota. It’s strange, because Penn State is still way overloved by the committee despite not respecting anything about the Gophers. It sort of had to be done, though, considering their loss to Iowa – moving Minnesota from 8 to 18 behind Iowa and Memphis – but still, considering the program was a win away from the Big Ten Championship and being in the College Football Playoff chase, this hurts.
This committee has a huge thing for Oklahoma State. The Cowboys beat Kansas State and Iowa State, which is fine, but this 8-4 team is just okay. Air Force doesn’t have a slew of big wins, but might have been the better option at 25.
It stinks for Notre Dame that there’s a hard ceiling it can’t crack. It’s playing well, its only two losses are at Georgia and at Michigan, and it’s on a five-game winning streak. However, 45-14 … that loss to the Wolverines is the killer.
So there are two strange scenarios about to be in play this weekend. First, Oregon either needs to beat Utah to go to the Rose Bowl, or it has to be blown out. Losing to the Utes 24-17ish probably puts the Big 12 champion in the Rose Bowl.
The second speaks to why the College Football Playoff has to be expanded – the top seeds need to have an advantage of some sort.
If Georgia beats LSU in the SEC Championship, it’ll be 2 Clemson vs. 3 Georgia in one semifinal, and the No. 1 seeded Ohio State Buckeyes are “rewarded” by playing the 4-seed … LSU.