College Football Playoff Rankings Don’t Matter…Yet

Sooo, the latest college football rankings came out today:

After their win over #1 Mississippi State this past Saturday, the Alabama Crimson Tide vaulted from #5 to #1 this week in the College Football Playoff rankings. Holding down the #2 spot are the Oregon Ducks, followed by #3 Florida State Seminoles. The loss by the Bulldogs to the Tide dropped them down to #4. On the outside looking in are TCU and Ohio State at #’s 5 and 6, respectively. 

How can a 1-loss Alabama and a 1-loss Oregon be ahead of undefeated Florida State? How is it that Mississippi State remains in the top 4 given their low strength of schedule? Why is UCLA ranked so high? Why is Minnesota still ranked? Where’s Marshall? 

Mar-shall, Mar-shall, Mar-shall

Pardon my Brady Bunch reference


Meh! While people complained on social media about the rankings and the Top 4, all I could think of was this:

 Today is November 18th. The regular season ends at the end of this month for most Division I (FBS) teams. Conference championship games are played the first weekend in December. The final rankings, when we know who will be in the first ever FBS College Football Playoff, will be announced December 7th. 

I repeat:

Today is November 18th. The final rankings come out December 7th. 

Even then it might not be a perfect system. This is year 1 of the College Football Playoff committee. As George Schroeder from USA Today said, 

Let the season play out and then…on December 7th…let’s see where these teams end up. Until then..



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