A glorious week in college football started this week with the Oregon Ducks jumping to #2 in the College football Playoff rankings. So how does a one loss team rank above an undefeated team? The answer is that its more about who you play and how well you win than just the win\loss ratio as it should be. For the first time, impartial logic confirms the PAC12 is the toughest conference in the land. This weekend Mississippi State plays Alabama both in the top five. Could Oregon even make it to the number one team in the country if #1 MS is upset by #5 Bama. Apparently Oregon’s victory over Michigan State, carries more weight than Florida State’s victory over Oklahoma State and Notre Dame It is not too late for Oregon to pull “an Oregon” and loose to Colorado this weekend – which is unlikely. To bad CAL lost to USC tonight in a one score loss. Good going Bears. That was a good effort and I pray for one more win to get into a bowl game this year. Its time for the Axe to come home and this year is the year. That game will put you in the Bowl Race for sure. I wont miss it.
Here is the criteria that the selection committee uses to rank the teams.
The committee will select the teams using a process that distinguishes among otherwise comparable teams by considering conference championships won, strength of schedule, head-to-head competition, comparative outcomes of common opponents (without incenting margin of victory) and other relevant factors that may have affected a team’s performance during the season or likely will affect its postseason performance.
Selection committee members will have flexibility to examine whatever data they believe is relevant to inform their decisions. They will also review a significant amount of game video. Among the many factors the committee will consider are win-loss record, strength of schedule, head-to-head results, comparison of results against common opponents and conference championships won. The playoff group has retained SportSource Analytics to provide the data platform for the committee’s use. This platform will allow the committee members to compare and contrast teams on every level possible. Each member will evaluate the data at hand, and then the individuals will vote to produce a group decision.
With the new system, its about quality and not numbers, just like fishing. Its about quality and skill–not size and quantity. Yeh right.