College Football Playoff Rankings Reactions: 5 Things We Learned, Best Wins, New Year's Six Situation

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College Football Playoff Rankings Reactions: 5 Things We Learned, Best Wins, New Year's Six Situation

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College Football Playoff Rankings Reactions: 5 Things We Learned, Best Wins, New Year's Six Situation

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1. What this all really means …

The College Football Playoff committee is trying.

It’s easy to find a whole lot of fault with the rankings, and it’s easy to hammer on the committee for all of its inconsistencies – and there are a LOT of them – but they’re trying to figure out which teams are good even though several of them aren’t playing or haven’t played enough.

In a way, this is why the system was set up as it is. When all else fails, and the metrics and numbers don’t work – how do compare 2-1 Wisconsin to 9-0 Coastal Carolina to 3-0 Washington to 7-2 Oklahoma? – it comes down to expertise and what everyone believes.

In the end, there’s going to be a whole lot of hand-wringing, complaining, and scrutinization – that’s what we do – but it would be nice to know what this group did to get there.

In this, of all years, there has to be more transparency.

Why can’t members of the college football media ask committee members questions challenging all of the rationale for the rankings?

There should be an answer to every ranking spot that only makes the conviction stronger that the committee has this.

Why is Northwestern still 14th after losing to a bad Michigan State? Why isn’t the Sun Belt getting more respect compared to the Big 12? Why is 3-1 Oregon ranked and unbeaten Colorado not?

Why so much Iowa State love? Why isn’t Georgia higher if the committee is going by how teams are playing right now?

Is there anything BYU or Cincinnati could do to have a shot at the top four?

The College Football Playoff committee is trying.

It can do better.

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