CFB Playoffs Week 4: The Problem With SEC Bias
There’s two more college football playoff ranking shows left and time is running out for
teams. Week 4 of the playoff’s rankings dropped, and the committee has yet again showed their obsession over the SEC yet again. The top four remains the same with Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan, and TCU with LSU getting 5 and USC getting 6. Two-loss LSU staying in front of one loss USC despite USC beating a ranked team and LSU beating UAB is questionable to say the least. There’s no way the committee keeps them ahead of USC if USC beats #15 Notre Dame and if LSU beats the unranked Texas A&M Aggies. LSU has two losses to #16 Florida State and got demolished by #10 Tennessee at home 40-13 and USC lost to #14 Utah on the road by one point 43-42. There’s an argument that two-loss Tennessee have better losses than LSU and that should be a note in the committee going forward. Two-loss Alabama being ranked #7 ahead of one loss #8 Clemson is eyebrow raising for everyone. Alabama is two plays away from being 7-4 and Clemson has one blowout loss to a ranked Notre Dame on the road. Clemson is playing in their conference championship (most likely winning as well) and Alabama is not. Clemson has looked more impressive on the defensive side and have a better record against teams over .500 (6-1 for Clemson and 6-2 for Alabama). The most important thing to not forget is that these teams have two-losses and that automatically closes your chances for the playoffs. It’s odd to have teams that won’t even play in their conference championship WITH two losses over teams with one loss and playing in their conference championship along with a chance to still make the playoffs. If Clemson wins out with a conference championship as well as USC, then USC would get the nod over Clemson because of USC’s win over common opponent Notre Dame. Tennessee ultimately lost their chances to compete in the playoffs after they absolutely eviscerated by South Carolina on the road 63-28. Along with the loss, Tennessee unfortunately lost their star QB Hendon Hooker for the rest of the season to a torn ACL, officially putting their spectacular season to an unfulfilling end. The expansion of the playoffs should put these bias views to rest as teams keep losing opportunities to play on the biggest stage. The final ranking of the playoffs will be on December 4th and the top four teams will earn their spots in the playoffs. Rivalry week is next!