Week 1: I was 8 for 8 for teams, 8 for 8 for their positions.
Week 2: 8 for 8 for teams, 7 for 8 positions
CFP Ranking, November 11
1. Mississippi State
3. Florida State
6. Arizona State
8. Ohio State
The miss was Oregon. I had them at 3, CFP Committee moves them to 2! I have to admit, that move surprised me but I’m not upset by it. The Committee is doing two things that seriously impress me.
1. Transparency of the thought process to the public is a breath of fresh air. Jeff Long and Bill Hancock have been pretty candid about the ‘why’ of the rankings and how close some of the rankings have been. Alabama/TCU were very close, Mississippi State is clear, strong #1, TCU is ahead of Baylor due to body of work and Baylor loss. We never heard ANY of this kind of talk with other polls in the history of college football. It’s awesome.
I know the media is complaining – “We need to be in there to keep things from being biased, to have transparency.” To that I say – don’t kid yourself. Media outlets are every bit as biased if not more so than college athletic directors. And they don’t always report in context. Just look at this past weekend – Jim Harbaugh is talking to his team – the Ravens – and he says something candid about the Steelers losing. It wasn’t controversial, it wasn’t inappropriate. But CBS ran the clip and created a firestorm for no reason.
The CFP Committee has to have fluid, dynamic conversations about the ranking. That means people will start out thinking one way about a team, hears another person’s perspective and they may change their mind. That’s EXACTLY what we want to happen. With media in the room, the Committee members would be very guarded, more concerned about either playing to the media or being scared that what they said was going to be repeated completely out of context or not having the whole story told. Let the committee focus on getting the best 4 teams in the playoff, not play press conference.
Leave the media out. Have the press conference afterwards.
2. There is HEAVY consideration for strength of schedule. (By the way, we wouldn’t know this if not for reason #1 above.) Baylor and FSU might take note after last night. This is also why TCU has to be nervous moving forward. Alabama, Arizona State, Baylor, and Ohio State all have ranked opponents on their schedule which will bump them up in the rankings potentially moving TCU back down.
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