1) Alabama: SEC Champions. Undefeated. Need I say more?
2) Clemson: ACC Champions. 11-1 record. Again… need I say more?
3) Washington: Pac-12 Champions. 11-1 record. Again…
4) Penn State: Big Ten Champions. 11-2 record. And just to emphasize it again… BIG TEN CHAMPIONS.
These are the four best teams in the country and the four teams that SHOULD compete for a National Championship. Why? Because they are already CHAMPIONS.
Ohio State can’t say that. Michigan can’t say that. Not to mention, both failed to win the Big Ten East and failed to make the Big Ten Championship. For that reason alone, Ohio State and Michigan can take a hike.
Neither Ohio State nor Michigan deserve to make the College Football Playoff.
Before delving into the cases against each team, let’s make this clear: Ohio State and Michigan have very strong resumes. Both have three wins against top 10 teams, and in Michigan’s case, they defeated Penn State and Wisconsin, the two teams that played for the Big Ten Championship. Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh deserve a ton of credit for their team’s accomplishments this season. One of them will be coaching on the sidelines at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, which is a pretty good consolation prize.
However, the fact of the matter is that both Ohio State and Michigan failed to make the Big Ten Championship. For that, both teams must penalized and kept out of the College Football Playoff field.
“Ohio State and Michigan are two of the best four teams in the country.”
This is a very flawed argument, especially coming from a Michigan supporter. One can argue that USC is one of the four best teams in the country. They have won eight straight games and own wins over both Colorado and Washington (on the road), the two teams that played for the Pac-12 Championship. Why aren’t they in the discussion for a spot in the College Football Playoff?
Well, the Trojans got off to a 1-3 start and were going through some issues at the quarterback spot. So while they have the potential to pull off an upset over any team in the country, they lost three games. Not to mention, USC failed to make the Pac-12 Championship. They can take a hike as well.
So why shouldn’t Ohio State make the College Football Playoff?
The answer is quite simple: they failed to do enough to make it to the Big Ten Championship game. They lost to Penn State and unfortunately, that loss should cost them a spot in the College Football Playoff. If Ohio State is a better team than Penn State, why aren’t they playing in the Big Ten Championship?
The College Football committee established their standards and precedent when they left TCU out of the College Football Playoff in 2014. The Horned Frogs were No. 3 in the second-to-last College Football Playoff rankings before their heartbreaking loss to Baylor. Both teams finished 11-1 and were Co-Champions of the Big 12. That was enough to drop TCU down to No. 6 in the last ranking, behind No. 5 Baylor.
Again, Ohio State’s resume is strong. They even own a road victory over the Big 12 Champions (Oklahoma). However, they lost to Penn State and struggled mightily against Michigan State (3-9) and Northwestern (6-6), both games that the Buckeyes should have won convincingly. Penn State won the toughest conference in the country this season and won the head-to-head battle with Ohio Sate.
Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes… TAKE A HIKE.
Why shouldn’t Michigan make the College Football Playoff?
This is, BY FAR, the most confusing case for any team in the top 8 of the current College Football Playoff rankings.
For one, the Wolverines have lost two of their last three games. All three of their current top 10 wins (Colorado, Penn State, Wisconsin) came in late September and early October. In other words, they have not had a win against a quality opponent since Oct. 1. How can Michigan be one of the best four teams in the country RIGHT NOW?
Since Michigan’s 14-7 victory over Wisconsin, Penn State has wins over Ohio State, Wisconsin and… wait for it… IOWA. Michigan couldn’t even score 13 points on the road against Iowa. In addition, Northwestern put up 38 points AND beat Iowa on the road. What else is there to discuss?
Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines… TAKE A HIKE.
Now… What IS going to happen?
What’s going to happen is that Ohio State is going to make the College Football Playoff because the College Football Playoff committee set it up all along for Ohio State and/or Michigan to get in the field of four.
They moved Ohio State up three spots after a 62-3 over Maryland, a team that lost to Indiana and Minnesota (by 21 points at home, for what it’s worth). Why? That’s not an impressive win, considering Michigan did the same thing to Maryland the previous week. To make matters worse, after failing to score 14 points at Iowa, Michigan STAYED at No. 3 in the College Football Playoff rankings. WHY? Clemson put up 42 points against Pittsburgh and Washington lost to a ranked and scorching USC squad. Both teams moved down two spots? Why not Michigan?
Because in the committee’s eyes, it’s a television show. It’s all about the ratings. They CLEARLY want Michigan in the College Football Playoff. Who wouldn’t watch the defending National Champions potentially face off against their biggest rival in the College Football Playoff?
On Sunday night, the College Football Playoff committee SHOULD name the four best teams in the country to the College Football Playoff. If they view college football as a television show, they should have just announced their four teams weeks ago and called off all the conference championship games.
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