So, the first College Football Playoff rankings got released last night.
Not a lot of surprises, in my book. SEC Reigns supreme, as most of us were suspecting.
But honestly, I’ve had mixed feelings about this whole new system. I like the idea of 4 teams finally getting to settle on the field who exactly is the better team. It works better than computers. I’m all for the use of formulas to help settle certain things, like say how much money you’ll make on your investments, or why oil and water don’t mix. But when it comes down to actual things like playing a game, you have to go with actual on field performance. We all know, football isn’t a game played on paper, or on a computer.
But here’s my beef with the whole playoff system. It’s still subjective. After reviewing the Selection Committee Protocol it seems as though despite some concrete criteria, i.e. conference championships won, strength of schedule, head-to-head competition, etc. there is still some ambiguity. For instance, there is no one set metric to determine everything, which again, is understood. It’s hard to fit everything you need to help figure out into one need little metric. But at the same time, each committee member submits a list of the 25 teams he or she THINKS are the best. Still slightly subjective. I kind of feel like this could be like a jury. I’m sure some of you have been on jury duty, and there’s that ONE that holds up the process? However, they were all chosen because of their professionalism, knowledge and respect for the game, so I doubt that actually happens. The subjective element remians. Look at the differences in the College Football Playoff Rankings and other polls.
I think regardless of what happens, some fans aren’t going to be happy with how the rankings will end up. And that is something that will never go away. Even though it’ll never be 100% objective, this is at least a decent way to try to be more fair. The good thing is that they have listened to the fans, and have changed from the BCS, which is good. Now I’m wondering, if the BCS were still in existence, what would those rankings would have looked like. But I digress.
Because the most important part here is just determining who the best college football team is in the nation. And if you scroll down on the Overview section of the website, you will see the 7th thing on the list.
And lets not go there……
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