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Sport College Football Playoff's first rankings just the first step in long debate about field

00:00  06 november  2019
00:00  06 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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College Football Playoff 's first rankings just the first step in long debate about field . Which brings us to the upcoming unveiling of the initial College Football Playoff Top 25 ranking. We already know what others think about LSU an Alabama.

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Which brings us to the upcoming unveiling of the initial College Football Playoff Top 25 ranking. We already know what others think about LSU an Alabama. Tide vs. Tigers is being billed as the first No. 1 vs. No. 1 matchup, with Alabama sitting atop the Amway Coaches Poll and LSU in the top spot in the AP poll. Come Tuesday night, we’ll learn how the selection committee sees the showdown.

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Just guessing here, but it’ll more likely be No. 1 vs. No. 3 according to the CFP (or even No. 2 and No. 3, depending on how the committee sees Ohio State’s impressive performances against lesser competition). But seemingly far more important is what the selection committee does next week, and in the weeks after that. Especially if ‘Bama and LSU play a close game, get ready for this super-heated debate:

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Projecting to the end of the season is always dicey in college football, because college football. But the way this goes is to assume Clemson and either Ohio State or Penn State are in the bracket, along with the SEC champion (presumably, the Alabama-LSU winner). And then the idea is that either Alabama or LSU, at 11-1 without winning the SEC West, would get the last slot in the four-team bracket, rather than either the Pac-12 or Big 12 champion.

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The first College Football Playoff rankings of the season will be released on Tuesday night. This is a problem because of how these measures are used. For each category, the team with the superior ranking in the comparison group gets a green dot, and the teams with the worst ranking get a red dot.

While we’re at it, though, the Big Ten could have the same opportunity. On Saturday, Penn State plays unbeaten Minnesota. If the Nittany Lions knock off the surprising Gophers, why shouldn’t the loser of a close game Nov. 23 between Ohio State and Penn State get the same consideration?

With those hypotheticals, the conversation over the next few weeks could be simultaneously fun and infuriating. But if the Pac-12 or the Big 12 produces a one-loss champion (or in the Big 12’s case, an unbeaten Baylor), neither the SEC nor the Big Ten should count on putting a second team into the field.

Yeah, we know, there’s precedent.

- In 2017, Alabama got in at 11-1, without winning the SEC West – and ahead of Big Ten champion Ohio State. And then the Crimson Tide made the selection committee look very good by winning the national championship.

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- In 2016, Ohio State were selected at 11-1, without winning the Big Ten East – and ahead of Big Ten champion Penn State, which had beaten Ohio State. And then the Buckeyes were blown out by Clemson in a semifinal.

But in both years, the conference champion that was left out had two losses. In 2017, Ohio State’s two-loss resume included a confoundingly bad loss to Iowa. And in 2016, the comparison for 11-2 Penn State was actually not with Ohio State, which was the No. 3 seed, but instead with Pac-12 champion Washington (12-1), which got the No. 4 seed.

- Likewise, we’ve seen last year one-loss Big 12 champion Oklahoma get the nod over two-loss Georgia, which received serious consideration from the selection committee despite losing in the SEC championship game.

But what happens if the selection committee has to choose between an 11-1 LSU with a very good resume (wins at Texas and against Florida and Auburn, though it’s hard to project their value at season’s end) vs. 12-1 conference champion Oregon, Utah or Oklahoma?

What if it’s instead 11-1 Alabama with a less impressive body of work? And wouldn’t those conference champions have fairly decent resumes, too, including one more victory?

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Here's a prediction of how the first College Football Playoff rankings could look on Tuesday, Nov. 5, when the committee releases its first rankings Wake Forest (7- 1 ): The second-highest ranked ACC team will go to the Orange Bowl if Clemson makes the CFP. The Deacons might be that team, even at

First things first : don’t freak out. There are still four more rankings releases before the one that matters. In the first three years’ initial rankings Beyond that, the committee pretty much just ranks teams by how good it thinks they are, then applies light reasoning to it if specifically asked during a

In the official selection criteria, “conference championships won” is one factor the committee is charged with considering to distinguish “among otherwise comparable teams.” But the goal is the four “best teams.” It’s all so murkily subjective, which is why there’s no way to know what the selection committee might do.

So we’ll all argue long and loud – at least until we’re reminded, one more time, that college football has this funny knack for befuddling projections and settling debates. For examples, let’s reach all the way back to October, when South Carolina upset Georgia and Kansas State popped Oklahoma. Why should November be different?

As we await the selection committee’s first set of rankings, that’s the best news. Counting the conference championship games, we’ve still got five more weeks of arguing — we mean, football.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: College Football Playoff's first rankings just the first step in long debate about field

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