Confession time: I didn’t watch the College Football Playoff show last night. I don’t intend to watch any more of them until it’s time for the selection of the semi-finals pool. And I only watched the start of the first show to see how full of themselves ESPN and the selection committee were.
What they’re doing is pointless from a settle it on the field perspective. It exists purely for broadcast fodder.
The only thing more pointless than the weekly votes themselves is the weekly tea leaf-reading they inspire. Using Year2’s example, I get that dropping Ole Miss down as much as the committee did seems like an overreaction, but in the vast scheme of things, what does it matter? Mississippi is a two-loss team now, playing in college football’s toughest neighborhood with its best offensive player gone for the season. Toast, in other words.
And as far as what the move reveals about the selection committee’s mindset, that’s about the same as Ole Miss’ chances of climbing back into the top four. There are no rules here. Nor is there a window into the vote itself, despite the many protestations about transparency. In the end, the committee will do whatever the hell it wants. Because it can. Which is how the conference commissioners who designed this process want it to be.
So quit worrying about what they’re doing. It just doesn’t make any difference.