College Football Playoff Rankings Reactions: 5 Things We Learned (The REALLY Big Whiff)

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College Football Playoff Rankings Reactions: 5 Things We Learned (The REALLY Big Whiff)

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College Football Playoff Rankings Reactions: 5 Things We Learned (The REALLY Big Whiff)

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Five reactions and what we learned from the from the first College Football Playoff rankings of 2020.  


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This week’s big whiff
The known unknown
The Cincinnati situation
What it all really means

5. Rapid-Fire First Reaction To Latest College Football Playoff Rankings

They’re fine. There’s one GIGANTIC misfire – we’ll get into that in a moment – but overall, they’re okay considering the committee has to compare apples to a different types of apples in this year without a whole lot of non-conference games to go by.

They got the Texas A&M-over-Florida thing right. That was the obvious one they couldn’t miss to have any credibility, and they didn’t. Remember, it doesn’t really matter all that much – the Gators control their own destiny, and Texas A&M doesn’t.

So, this thought by Matt HayesGeorgia gets TRUCKED by Alabama and Florida, and its best win was over an okay – but to be fair, top 22-ranked – Auburn team, and it’s ninth. Indiana looked great against Ohio State and is 12th.

There needs to be a detailed explanation besides any sort of “eye test” for exactly how and why the College Football Playoff committee ranked 6-2 Oklahoma 11th and 6-2 Iowa State – who beat the Sooners, who also lost to Kansas State – 13th. More on that in a moment.

2-1 Wisconsin is getting a TON of love at 16 for beating bad Illinois and Michigan teams and not doing a blessed thing in a meltdown against Northwestern.

So … Northwestern is 5-0 playing an all Power Five schedule. It beat CFP No. 24 Iowa and CFP No. 16 Wisconsin and it’s No. 8. Cincinnati is No. 7 with no Power Five wins and no victories over any College Football Playoff-ranked teams.

The eye test desperately has to be eliminated from the College Football Playoff process. Now.

This week’s big whiff
The known unknown
The Cincinnati situation
What it all really means

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