All Eyes on the College Football Playoff Committee
The College Football Playoff committee put out its first rankings of the year on Tuesday evening and many throughout the world of college football thought it was a fait accompli.
The only drama many thought was the order of two through four. Would either Michigan or Washington jump Clemson given the Tigers stretch of uninspired wins over the first eight weeks of the season? Four undefeateds from four Power 5 conferences. This was a slam dunk.
Until it wasn’t.
When the rankings were unveiled, Washington wasn’t in the top four. Texas A&M was listed at number four. The Aggies are 7-1 with their only loss being on the road to Number one Alabama. Sure, it was a 19 point loss, but anyone that watched knows that A&M shot itself in the foot in the second half. Was Alabama better and is Alabama better? Oh sure. At this point, no question.
But, the start to the season for Kevin Sumlin’s group was enough to insert them at Number four in front of Washington and right behind Michigan.
Was it the right decision? Was it done for dramatic purposes? No one will ever know. The good thing is that it’ll all play out, for the most part, over the next five weekends. But, A&M has a decent chance at staying at number four, in large part, because it won’t have to play an additional game in the SEC Championship. Now, it still has to beat Mississippi State on the road (only road game left) and Ole Miss and LSU at home to get to 11-1. The only advantage, on the surface, is that it won’t have a 13th game.
Alabama, Clemson, Michigan and Washington are all on track to play in their conference championship games, not to mention tough games down the stretch. Alabama plays at LSU and then at home v. a hot Auburn team. Michigan has Ohio State on the horizon, while Washington has the Apple Cup against Washington State. Escape those games unscathed, the conference championship games await the first week in December. Alabama could get a one loss Florida team with Luke Del Rio back at quarterback. Clemson may face Virginia Tech or North Carolina. Michigan may have to beat Wisconsin again. Washington may have to beat Utah (again), USC (again) or upstart Colorado.
Suffice to say, there’s a bunch of football left to play, the CFP committee got everyone’s attention on Tuesday night with Texas A&M at Number four.