Is anyone else confused by the CFP rankings? Anybody else wondering how the Pac-10 doesn't have a team (Washington) or how the Big 12's first team doesn't show up until #12? Better yet, how in the world did A&M get the #4?? Well here's my take on why and my opinion on the rankings.
#2 Clemson: This one is a little different for me. I know that they are undefeated, and I know that they are a really good team. With that being said they have had some close games. Some close games that probably should not have been close. Although when you look at #3 and #4 of this ranking, one of them has also had some close games that shouldn't of been and one has a loss. On top of that, I've watched Clemson in the final minutes of a close game and they don't panic. Watson just carries on and gets the job done. It is impressive to watch and is something that comes to my mind when thinking about their rankings. In the end, I'm okay with the #2 ranking.
#3 Michigan: Again, they've had some close games that shouldn't of been close, but they won. Wins are ultimately what matters and they've done that. They've still got Ohio State on their schedule and even though Ohio State's struggling a bit, that isn't an easy game by any means. Coach Harbaugh has done a job that's for sure. It isn't over but if they get past OSU and the rest of their schedule they're on their way to the CFP for sure. If they lose that OSU game, things get interesting..
#4 Texas A&M: This. This one makes ya scratch your head a little. After thinking about it what I've come up with is this..
1. Their only loss is to #1 Alabama. Okay, can't hold that against them too much.
2. The Pac-12 isn't that strong. Washington's schedule isn't setting them apart from the rest so give it to a team that has a stronger schedule.
3. It's the SEC and sometimes, it appears, they are held a little higher than other conferences. Right or wrong, that is how it looks sometimes. It could be strength of schedule and how many ranked teams the SEC has, which I do understand, but others don't view it as fair.. those people probably aren't SEC fans ;)
Now to counter those three points, here is why I don't agree with it.
1. Why is a one loss team ranked above a Pac-12 undefeated?
2. A&M nearly lost to Tennessee. If this was preseason Tennessee that everyone thought was going to win the SEC East, give Bama a run, and make the CFP then okay, but it isn't. This isn't that Tennessee at all. This Tennessee has won lucky game, after lucky game, then fell to A&M, fell to Bama, and fell to South Carolina! As I mentioned earlier, a win is a win, and ultimately the win against Tennessee is a win and that is what counts. I just can't help but think, is their one loss to Bama and near loss to Tennessee better than an unbeaten Washington or a one loss Ohio State?
After A&M at #4 the rankings go #5 Washington, #6 Ohio State, #7 Louisville and
#8 Wisconsin. The Big 12 doesn't show up until #12 with Oklahoma, not a surprise. There is lots of football left and I can't wait to see how it all plays out! In the meantime the selection committee surprised a lot of people with their rankings and I think they all can be both justified and questioned.
In closing, who votes the College Football Playoffs need to be expanded?!
There NEEDS to be more than four teams! #TeamExpandtheCFP :)