For those folks out there who thought it was a good idea to have human-beings instead of computers selecting the teams to play for College Football’s National Championship… think again.
The College Football Playoff Selection Committee confounded a whole bunch of people on Tuesday night by dropping undefeated Florida State from third to fourth in the rankings, while continuing to rank TCU ahead of Baylor – even though the Bears beat the Horned Frogs head-to-head.READ MORE: Local Puppies Making Their Debut At The Puppy Bowl XVIII
Firstly, regarding the Seminoles. I understand that last season has nothing to do with this season, but in FSU’s case, IT DOES. You can’t discount the defending national champions when all they do is win. You see, always winning also means NEVER LOSING. Winning 28 straight games should figure into the equation here. It’s something that no one else under consideration for the four team playoff has accomplished.
Vince Lombardi saying matter of factly “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing” or Al Davis coining the phrase “Just win, baby” pretty much puts it all into perspective. All the Noles have done is win, and it seems like they’re being punished for it because there’s been an absence of style points attached to the triumphs.
Secondly, the TCU-Baylor quandary. When teams are as closely matched as those two squads are – both currently sit with identical 10-1 overall records and 7-1 Big-12 Conference marks – then head-to-head competition is always the determining factor in breaking the deadlock when available.READ MORE: Mulberry Man Fatally Shot On Sunday Evening
And it is in this case. The Bears came back from 17 points down in the fourth quarter to beat the Frogs 61-58 back in October. Case closed, end of discussion. Baylor won on the field. What else should matter? Now, if Baylor goes out an loses to ninth rated Kansas State while TCU as expected whips Iowa State, there is no need to deliberate any longer.
However, should the Bears beat the Wildcats while TCU takes out the Cyclones, this debate should become moot. Emphasis on the “should.”
The bottom line is this: I fully trust leaving the task of deciding to true football experts like Barry Alvarez, Ty Willingham and Steve Wieberg. It’s the questionable college football gurus like former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy Lt. Gen. Mike Gould that I have a problem with.MORE NEWS: Free COVID-19 Test Rollout Begins Early Online
All we need to do is replace them with computer visionaries such as Hal 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey and Max Headroom, and everything will be alright.