The Most Underrated Thing Was …
Florida dropped two spots in the Coaches Poll and stayed at 11 in the AP.
The polls don’t matter all that much in the age of a College Football Playoff committee, but they have their role. In a sport whose playoff is determined by judges, perception matters.
2020 Texas A&M lost one game – on the road against Alabama.
The Aggies bounced back to beat a terrific Florida team a week later, and it rolled through the rest of the slate winning each of the last six regular season games by double-digits.
When it came time to determine the fourth team for the College Football Playoff – to go along with Alabama, Ohio State, and Clemson – the committee went with Notre Dame. And why? It split its two games against Clemson and beat what was perceived to be a great North Carolina team that ended up losing to A&M in the Orange Bowl 41-27.
Texas A&M’s only crime was that it played one of the greatest teams of all-time in Week 2 instead of, say, anyone else.
Alabama just received 59 of the 62 first place votes in the latest AP Top 25 poll, and it got 64 out of 65 top votes from the coaches. It’s supposedly the unquestioned best team in college football at the moment.
Florida came within an uninspired two-point conversion play call from taking that unquestioned best team in college football into overtime.
And yet the rankings still think Cincinnati is better because it beat a meh Indiana.
They still think Clemson is better despite almost losing to Georgia Tech.
They still think Oklahoma is better, even though it did everything possible to give away the Tulane game and was whatever against a whatever Nebraska.
They still think Notre Dame is better, even though it needed overtime to survive an apparently miserable Florida State, struggled against a Toledo team that just got pantsed by a horrible Colorado State, and needed a late score to survive Purdue.
But for some bizarre reason – and the College Football Playoff committee is a major offender at this – it’s ingrained in all pollsters to punish a loss to a great team and reward any sort of a win over a mediocre one.
Florida almost beat the No. 1 team in college football. It should’ve been acknowledged for that.