That plague has been reshaped from the antiquated BCS days, formed in an nearly more damaging way, a kind of counterfeit, an imposter, meant to make things better, but ... no, it does not make things what they should be. If the interval performs out as anticipated, it's going to very possible happen right down to both Alabama or a one-loss Pac-12 champ (each No. 6 or or No. 7 Utah) for the final spot within the playoff.
Watch as they react to the rankings.
Ultimately, the committee placed Georgia at No. 4 in the rankings, meaning if the Playoffs were to begin today the Dawgs would be in.
With multiple regular-season games remaining before we even get to the conference championship games, there may be more movement within the top-four of the CFP rankings. It's offense is explosive.
No. 1 LSU vs.
No. 2 Ohio State vs. It continues to play at a consistently high level on both sides of the ball. Four other teams from the Group of Five are ranked below the Bearcats. You've got all the biggest and best games. The committee is impressed with what it sees.
But both Baylor and Oklahoma are ahead of them in the conference standings.
At last, the council went with Georgia at No. 4, one space in front of Alabama.
"There's a lot of discussion about all the teams in that pool", he said, "and the separator for Georgia in that pool was their two wins against top-20 teams".
It's hard to project ahead what the committee will do next with Alabama. Let us know in the Capital One Fan Vote. It's win against then-fourth-ranked Penn State was impressive. The Irish are still playing for a possible New Year's Six bowl game and probably get one by winning out.
The best-case scenario for the Crimson Tide is for Auburn to beat Georgia this weekend, which would bolster the Tigers' resume, which would in turn bolster that win should Alabama beat Auburn on November 30.
One of these things is not like the others, and in a list otherwise full of traditional college powerhouses, the Golden Gophers stand out as different.
LSU coach Ed Orgeron says his boisterous and sometimes profane locker room speech after the top-ranked Tigers beat Alabama was not meant for public consumption and not meant to hurt anyone.
Minnesota made the largest jump into the top-10 in the CFP era, going up nine spots to No. 8 after downing Penn State (which dropped to No. 9). But Baylor has more good wins.
"... [W] e're able to dissect the entire schedule".
Ohio State was the third seed in those semifinals, so while there was some debate about whether it was fair to have Ohio State in over Penn State, the final choice for the selection committee was between Penn State and Washington, the 12-1 Pac-12 champion.
Per CFP protocol, Mullens has to recuse himself and leave the room when OR is discussed, in this case at the same time at Georgia and Alabama.
Biases come into play, frames of reference are part of the equation. They just need some help. Just add one week of competition. There's a considerable amount of soccer prematurely of us.
GORDON MONSON hosts "The Big Show" with Jake Scott weekdays from 3-7 p.m. on 97.5 FM and 1280 AM The Zone.
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