Cavalcade of Whimsy: America, You Actually Believe Alabama Is Out Of The College Football Playoff?I have screamed, yelled, .....ed, whined, prayed, and pleaded my case for years and years and years that a team that can’t win its own division shouldn’t be able to win the national title. I’d love absolutely nothing more than a College Football Playoff with four fresh new schools – say, LSU, Minnesota, Baylor, Utah – in the mix.
But that’s not how the College Football Playoff works.
It’s about who the committee thinks the four best teams are, and as much as we all might not like it – especially with just one decent win on the slate – yeah, that’s Alabama.
If he committee liked the Tide enough to put them No. 3 in the first round of rankings, it’s not going to have a whole slew of issues at the end of the season in the whole four-best-team argument if they win out – again, more on that in a moment.
Like it or not, no matter how the sausage was made, Bama put up 41 points. Tua Tagovailoa threw for 418 yards and four scores on a bum ankle – get ready for that to be a talking point in a few weeks – Najee Harris ran for 146 yards and scored twice, and in the end, the team looked the part of one of the four best teams – at least offensively. It might not be one of the three best, but fourth?
Who’s that fourth team – at least in the eyes of the CFP committee – if it’s not Bama?
It’s been cute and all, but Minnesota and Baylor aren’t getting into the College Football Playoff.
Oregon? Lost to Auburn. If Bama beats Auburn at Auburn, there goes that.
I actually think Utah could do some damage in the tournament, but it has to get there first, and the loss to USC doesn’t help.
Who’s got the chops to finish out the rest of the way without another loss?
Oklahoma? Yeeesh. Georgia? More than you think (again, give me a moment). Penn State? Intriguing (also, it’s coming in a second), but probably not considering it lost to Minnesota and Bama lost to the No. 2-soon-to-be-No. 1 team.
So who? Who’s that fourth team? You? You, Lieutenant Weinberg?
LSU, next time you kill something, make sure it stays dead.