The latest CFP rankings

I don’t pay attention to the selection committee rankings until the regular season is over.  We’re there now, and here’s what they came up with.

There is some truly bizarre stuff there, as David Hale explains.

Those of you who watched the Cocktail Party, did it ever enter your mind that Georgia played the ninth-best team in the country that day?

There are eight SEC teams on that list.  As things stand, there are going to be teams from the SEC all over the New Year’s Day bowl schedule.  The committee thinks the conference is the shiznit.

Georgia is 3-1 against teams in that top 25, so apparently the flaws we’ve grumbled about throughout the season weren’t as bad as we thought.

There’s no way of knowing for sure, of course.  Some of this stuff is so random, it gives subjectivity a bad name.  Check out this rationale for ranking Oklahoma ahead of Ohio State.

Some difference there, hunh.  Now I know one team has to rank ahead of another, but, damn, man, that’s the best you can come up with as to why?

If things play out this weekend the way most expect, I can’t wait to hear Mullens’ explanation for putting Oklahoma in over Georgia.  Talk about making it up as you go along…

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38 responses to “The latest CFP rankings

  1. DB

    Seems like I recall a time or two that UGA was 9-3 and barely cracked the top 25. Weird year. I guess some of the usual suspects like USC, Mich ST, FSU being down are what’s driving this. Also, A&M should be higher and LSU lower for sure.

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  2. Biggus Rickus

    He could have just said, “Oklahoma lost by 3 to 9-3 Texas while Ohio State lost by 29 to 6-6 Purdue.” That’s why Oklahoma will get in over Ohio State if everyone who’s supposed to wins this weekend.

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    • That’s my point of view as well. OU’s loss looks a whole lot better than OSU’s although the Suckeyes’ win over Michigan looks better than any OU win.

      That 29-point loss to Purdue is a real stinker.

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    • Uglydawg.

      But he didn’t say that, Biggus..and that’s what is disturbing..instead he threw some contradictory bullshit out there. You and ee just showed that you’re probably more qualified to be on the committee than most of them.

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      • Biggus Rickus

        I tend to think that they say vague and often contradictory bullshit so nobody can pin them down on anything. Their private discussions are likely more rational (or corrupt if you’re into conspiracies), while their public statements are a form of obfuscation.

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  3. Uglydawg.

    Help me out. Why is ND above UGA? Seriously seeking answer.
    Does the committee even look at statistics?
    The stated rationale, as pointed out in Dan Hope’s tweet, is disappointing and ridiculous.

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    • ND is undefeated and has played a respectable strength of schedule. Do I think it’s one of the four best teams? No. Do I think there’s any way the Irish would be excluded from the CFP based on their resume? Nah, again.

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      • Uglydawg.

        While I have a slight problem with them being in (maybe it’s just as prejudiced to assume privilege as it is to award it), I have a bigger problem with them being #3 with an early finish and no way to move down. I know it’s a dead horse
        . There should be a requirement that they play and beat the #3 SEC team (or the highest ranked #3 in any conference) on Championship Saturdays before they can get in.

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        • I’ve already said this, but there’s too big a fixation on conference championship game play as being a key to the CFP. What’s Clemson gonna prove playing Pitt Saturday?

          Those games were invented to make money for the conferences, not as a way to demonstrate which teams were best nationally.

          I don’t think ND is one of the four best teams in the country, but only playing 12 games isn’t why.

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        • PTC DAWG

          ND just beat the snot out of #3 ACC…

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  4. gastr1

    The SEC is the shiznit this year. Seriously. And I think Florida sucks, and I don’t see a clearly better team ranked behind them.

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  5. smgattorney

    Gosh, we had no home field advantage in any of those 4 games we played against those top 25 teams, and we won the three by at least 2 scores.
    I doubt any of the top 6 can make such a claim.

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  6. W Cobb Dawg

    Can’t believe they put Iowa State and BSU ahead of mizzou! WTF were they thinking? Snark alert.

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  7. Dave

    You’re a big stat guy, Senator (I am as well, at least sometimes).

    Part of what they really ought to do is use some derivative of the FEI, FPI, and/or S&P. That’s about the only way I can think of to introduce some level of objectivity into the thing.

    Maybe a CFP version of the RPI.

    As it stands right now, they’re really just looking at records, rankings, SOS to a lesser degree, and the eye test. After that, it’s very much just, “We feel like so-and-so is more deserving than so-and-so.

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  8. AusDawg85

    Who in the top 10 had a tougher SOS than us? Asking for a friend.

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    • David H.

      #10 LSU has played the toughest schedule in the country by some measures (S&P+ in particular). If you’re including our upcoming game against Alabama as part of our schedule strength, then we may be pretty close to them in SOS after that game is played.

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  9. Mick Jagger

    Where’s Auburn? LMAO

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  10. Got Cowdog

    If we go into the playoffs with the list as it stands, does #1 play #4? So we would play Bama back to back?
    Or is it more likely that if UGA plays Bama tight but loses, the committee bumps us up over ND to face Clemson in the first round? Which are two games I would very much like to see and one of the reasons is I would love to see Alabama kick nine shades of shit out of Notre Dame and expose them for the entitled charlatans they are (Again). OR……
    We win Saturday and are ranked #1, and WE get to kick nine shades of shit out of Notre Dame, making them not only the SEC’s bitches but UGA’s bitch in particular. Yes…yes I like this one best.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      I don’t think there’s any way Georgia will get in if they lose, barring the very unlikely event of both OSU and Oklahoma losing. If Georgia wins, I’m guessing they’ll jump them to two, behind Clemson, and Alabama will be fourth behind Notre Dame. And I’m sure everyone would be just thrilled by the nearly inevitable rematch between Georgia and Alabama.

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      • Got Cowdog

        I don’t know, Biggus. The more I look at it the more sense it makes. (I know, I know) If 4 plays 1 and loses close? What have you changed?
        The kicker, and don’t think for a second the committee isn’t aware of it, is your last sentence. Who will put more eyes on ball games? A one loss UGA, Bama, OU, or OSU? If UGA loses that will be what determines the rankings. I will bet a sawbuck that somewhere an analyst is running the Nielson numbers for viewing audience on each team and Mickey will have the final input on who goes to the playoffs.
        When in doubt, follow the money, right?

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  11. Bulldog Joe

    Regardless, a team mush beat Alabama if they are going to win it all this year.

    Happy to be the team to have the opportunity this weekend. Georgia has closed the performance gap in the past five games after taking some hard lessons-learned. Several underclassmen have developed on-field leadership skills since then.

    Is it enough to force this Alabama team to into some fourth quarter adversity for the first time this season? If so, we may see more of those meltdowns on the other sideline.

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  12. David K

    After we beat Bama the rankings will be: 1 Clemson, 2 Notre Dame, 3 UGA, 4 Bama. Clemson beats Bama in the semifinal and we play Clemson for the Natty.

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    • Got Cowdog

      So you are of the opinion that Georgia, even ranked a spot behind Notre Dame, is capable of defeating the Irish?

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      • PTC DAWG

        I 2nd his opinion….any discussion?

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        • Got Cowdog

          I am merely suggesting that we not overlook the fact that the Irish thrashed SEC powerhouse Vanderbilt 22-17. They defeated a historically powerful Florida State by 29. If I’m looking at their schedule correctly they have beaten a team from each of the P5 conferences this season and in doing so have earned a by in the first elimination round which in UGA’s case is the Conference Championship.
          Just sayin’.

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          • W Cobb Dawg

            “…earned ‘a by’ in the first elimination round…”

            Ha! I love that. Don’t they also get ‘a by’ for the first round of the playoffs, and go directly to the championship?

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  13. Russ

    Playoffs, shmayoffs. We are the defending SEC champions (something Bammer can’t say) and we’re fighting to defend that title this Saturday. After that, let the chips fall where they may.

    But it’s been shown twice now that winning the SEC is harder than winning the MNC.

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