The College Football Playoff Committee showed their true colors

WWL Newsroom
November 27, 2019 - 8:20 am

By: Tim Zimmer

The college football playoff committee showed their true colors Tuesday night. As you may know by now, LSU dropped to #2, while Ohio State moved up to #1. While this is basically meaningless with two weeks left of the college football season, there is an agenda being set.

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The committee uses a four step formula to decide who should be ranked in the top 25. Championships won, strength of schedule, head-to-competition and comparative outcomes of common opponents are the four standards that set the foundation for these rankings.

LSU’s drop to #2 wasn’t because Ohio State out-checked the Tigers in any of these categories, rather the committee decided to get ahead of the narrative that’s to come in the final two weeks.
With Oregon out of the playoff conversation, the Alabama Crimson Tide have now inched closer to one of the final four spots.

One thing the committee made clear is that they want a conference champion in place at that fourth spot. The Ducks just had to win out and they could have easily been in, but their loss to Arizona State ruined that outcome. The Utah Utes, who have zero major wins so far this season, could be the Pac-12’s last hope.

Meanwhile, the Oklahoma Sooners, who advanced all the way to #7 in the rankings, can now give the Big-12 a chance at a playoff shot. The Sooners, who were punished for their loss to Kansas State earlier this season, have all of sudden gotten to “committee boost.”

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Just like Oregon last week, who had a future conference opponent (Utah) ranked in the top 10, Oklahoma has the #9 Baylor Bears ranked inside the top 10. The committee is hoping a win in the Big-12 conference championship is enough to jump inside the top four, leaving the Crimson Tide the odd man out. The committee could use guideline #1 (championships won) of their formula to justify this.

Now let’s bring this back to LSU-Ohio State. The Tigers have the Georgia Bulldogs on deck, assuming they beat A&M this week, in which a win in the SEC Championship should assuredly make them the #1 team.
Well, like Lee Corso says, “Not so fast my friend!” If the doomsday scenario of both Oklahoma and Utah falling in the upcoming two weeks happens, then none other than the Alabama Crimson Tide would be your #4 team.

The committee wants to avoid a scenario where #1 LSU faces #4 Alabama, and the best case in doing so is dropping the Tigers to #2. This is the part where college football fans should lose faith in the committee and the voting process. Instead of ranking the best team based on resume’, the committee decided to cover their butt in case of a potential rematch.

The Tigers could easily jump back into the number one spot based on a few scenarios. If LSU wins out and the committee decides to put a 1-loss conference champion into the #4 spot, then you will see the Tigers facing either #4 Oklahoma or Utah. The other scenario...if the Auburn Tigers knock off Alabama in the Iron Bowl this week, and LSU wins out.
Once again, Alabama has no shot at the #4 seed and LSU should jump back to #1.

Otherwise, expect the Tigers to stay at the #2 spot, until the playoff picture is clear. The committee will use different examples to justify their ranking of Ohio State at #1 this week. Most have included Ohio State’s defense being better, or they’ve looked like the most “complete team” so far.

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But resume’ and wins don’t lie.
LSU won four games against opponents, who were ranked inside the top 10 at the time the games were played. The Tigers will have five, when they kick off against the Georgia Bulldogs.  Even the eye test should give the Tigers the edge.

So whatever headline or excuse you read from the committee about this week’s rankings, take it with a grain of salt. This move was about getting ahead and manipulating the rankings so that the committee receives little bias at the end of the season.

When you have a panel deciding the fate of college football teams based on what they want to see rather than letting it play out, you have a problem with college football. Just another example of how politics can and will ruin the great game of college football.

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