Other than as broadcast fodder for Mickey, these weekly CFP rankings are a complete waste. Worse, they’re an opportunity for someone to do a bang up job of sticking their foot in their mouth.
Enter the CFP chair and current Iowa AD, Gary Barta, who did a masterful job of insertion with this:
Oy. As Bruce Feldman put it,
And before any of you go, “Senator, I thought you were big on statistical data…”, I am, but I’m even bigger on consistency. And there’s the rub. If stats are your reason for ranking Michigan ahead of Michigan State, fine, but explain why stats don’t apply so much in the case of Oregon. Here’s why I say that: