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College Football Playoff is an imperfect response to an unanswerable question

College Football Playoff is an imperfect response to an unanswerable question

The eight-team bracket allows for more teams to have a shot at the crown while still maintaining the importance of the regular season, one of the main things that makes college football great. Those are the best teams in the country.

You got it wrong again.

The only way to determine which team is "better" is by looking at their body of work. No. 7 Auburn (10-3): It wouldn't be an Auburn home game, so we wouldn't have to worry about that eagle flying too close to Baker Mayfield.

New to the top 25: Boise State.

Even if you think a team that won its conference should've gotten that No. 4 spot, can you honestly say Ohio State is as good as Alabama? "You have the ACC champion most likely going to the playoff, the SEC champion most likely going to the playoff and the Big 12 champion potentially could be going to the playoff", James said.

No, Big 10 champions Ohio State did not make it into the final four as the Playoff Committee elected to put one-loss Alabama in rather than the two-loss Buckeyes.

Thus did Brown, that former lobbyist for his Texas team in 2008, when it beat Oklahoma but missed the BCS Championship Game because Oklahoma (uh-oh) won the conference, conduct this nutty huff Sunday afternoon, in protest: "Conference championships don't matter. We're very familiar with it", Hocutt said. The lines opened with a 2 point spread for the Crimson Tide to cover but has since dropped to 1.5 points while the posted total started at 47 points and has remained there since. You would still have Clemson, Oklahoma and Georgia, then Ohio State and USC would get in as conference champions, UCF would be in and then Alabama and Wisconsin (based on final CFP rankings) would be the two at-large teams.

"It doesn't change my view that the present structure is best for college football", Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said during an interview with ESPN. The members consider strength of schedule, strength of record, wins against ranked opponents, and conference championships. So, the schedule is what it is. Ohio State had two losses, including a 31-point decision to unranked Iowa.

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Georgia makes the most significant rise after its 21-point win over Auburn.

The committee rolled with the Tide and stayed on the task of choosing the best teams, regardless of conference affiliation. He also thinks that Wisconsin would beat Alabama. No. 5 Ohio State (11-2): Large volume.

The perception of the Big Ten has changed. So we've got two teams from the fourth-best conference while the Big Ten, a league measured as the best (Sagarin) and second-best (Massey), gets shut out. The obvious answer is yes, an expanded playoff would give more team the chance to compete for a National Championship.

Enough about the sort-of mini playoff, the FCS playoffs have brought all sorts of surprises along the way. Inevitable subjectivity needs to embraced, excellence needs to be rewarded and messy debates on championship-worthy teams need to be avoided as much as possible. The 13 committee members have seven rounds of voting that identifies the top three seeds, then the next three best seeds, and on down.

The current system is a significant improvement on the old Bowl Championship Series system that only allowed two teams to compete for the national championship, but it is far from flawless. Penn State travels to Pitt, and Michigan State to Arizona State the following week.

Continuing to surprise is upstart Kennesaw State.

This week in the quarterfinals, there will be three first-time matchups as Weber State takes on James Madison, New Hampshire faces South Dakota State and Sam Houston State squares off against Kennesaw State.


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