FSU Slides To Four; College Football Playoff Committee Continues To Get It Wrong

Oct 11, 2014; Syracuse, NY, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston (5) calls a play at the line against the Syracuse Orange .
Oct 11, 2014; Syracuse, NY, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston (5) calls a play at the line against the Syracuse Orange .

The College Football Playoff Committee released their playoff rankings on Tuesday night and continues to baffle most fans and pundits with their switching of ranking criteria they supposedly use each week. The top eight teams are below:

  1. Alabama
  2. Oregon
  3. TCU
  4. FSU
  5. Ohio State
  6. Baylor
  7. Arizona
  8. Michigan State

Full disclosure I’m a FSU football fan, always have been, and always will be. I will admit that the team has not played like an elite unit for a large part of the year. However, at times this year they have played(namely the second half of games) like the best team in college football and more importantly have not lost a single game unlike the three teams ranked ahead of them.  The College Football Playoff Committee continues to get it wrong. Committee Chairman Jeff Long:

“We focus on what has been accomplished to this point, and with that regard, the top four teams to this point are ranked where the committee believes they should be.”

Where they should be based on what though?

How does a team like FSU that has won every single game they have played this year, going (4-0) against teams that have been ranked in the top 25 at one time or another and (2-0) against teams currently ranked in the top 25, continue to drop in the rankings? More importantly, how in the world does a one loss TCU team leap frog FSU? The two teams TCU has defeated in the last two weeks have a combined record of (9-13). The two teams FSU has defeated in the last two weeks have a combined record of (13-10).

Some like to argue that FSU has played a weak schedule, but check out this little nugget:

Oh, and didn’t we just see Alabama give up 630 yards and over 40 points against a three loss team at home. Their the number one team in the nation though, who lost to a team that currently has three losses on their resume.

Alrighty.

I have no problem with the rankings if the committee is systematic and consistent in what they say each week. However, it seems as if they have thrown logic and reasoning out the door the last couple of weeks. TCU struggled to beat lowly (3-7) Kansas two weeks ago, but now that Baylor(who beat TCU) struggled to beat (4-8) Texas Tech last week, the committee is going to TCU three places in front of Baylor? Baylor is set to play Kansas State who the committee has at #9 this week.  If Baylor beats them will they leap frog TCU who plays a terrible team in Iowa State this week? Would they put Baylor in front of FSU?  What if Ohio State beats #13 Wisconsin with a third string QB? Would they leap frog both TCU and Baylor?

It’ll be interesting to see what type of non-sense the committee will come up with next week that’s for sure.

Stay tuned.