The Oklahoma Sooners entered the weekend ranked No. 5, defeated the No 14 team and then watched the No. 4 team fall to Alabama. Meanwhile No. 6 Ohio State looked good (but far from great) against No. 21 Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship. As hard as some are trying to turn this into a contentious issue (you’ll see it on ESPN today), this isn’t that complicated.
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At this point, it seems clear that OU is the favorite to grab the No. 4 spot and face No. 1 Alabama in the semifinal. Defeated every team on your schedule should (and ultimately will in this case) earn you some respect. However, the bad takes are on the loose, as is tradition in the lead-up the the CFP announcement.
Kirk Herbstreit just said he thinks the committee will move Georgia UP to No. 3.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) December 2, 2018
"I don't get caught up in champions I get caught up in 'best.'"
Omg that game— Maria Taylor (@MariaTaylor) December 2, 2018
How can you NOT put Georgia in the #CFBPlayoff???
However, most reasonable people seem to have the right idea.
Under no circumstance do I believe a 2 loss, non-champion, deserves to go to the @CFBPlayoff— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) December 2, 2018
Enjoyed the passionate CFP debate with @KirkHerbstreit about the Top4! I understand the UGA “eye test” & “best 4” argument. Just think the results have to matter most and conference titles count. I’d go @AlabamaFTBL @ClemsonFB @NDFootball @OU_Football in my bracket.— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) December 2, 2018
My four @CFBPlayoff teams:— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) December 2, 2018
3) Notre Dame
I’m not a fan of devaluing results.
Nothing against Georgia, so this isn’t personal. I just despise arguments where losing supposedly actually means you’re good. Syracuse played Clemson every bit as close UGA played Bama. What’s that prove?— Mark Ennis (@MarkEnnis) December 2, 2018
I’ve tried to talk myself into a sensical argument for Georgia to be in the College Football Playoff, but any argument that includes allowing 36 points to LSU in a loss and allowing a back-up quarterback to score two touchdowns in the 4th quarter to beat you is just nonsensical.— Kegan Reneau (@KeganReneau) December 2, 2018
In as much as Alabama shouldn’t have gotten a mulligan without winning the games that matter last year, Georgia absolutely shouldn’t get one this year with more losses. It’s a ridiculous argument trying to get them in.— College and Magnolia (@CollegeAndMag) December 2, 2018
This isn’t that complicated. Georgia may in fact be one of the four best teams in college football. They could have made that “unequivocally” clear by beating one of the two best teams on their schedule. They lost to both, including one by 20 points.— Matt Schick (@ESPN_Schick) December 2, 2018
Georgia is out.
Well, you would be putting in a 2-loss team that didn't win their own conference over one, possibly two, 1-loss conference champions.— Blinkin Riley (@blinkinriley) December 2, 2018
Sounds pretty stupid when you really think about it. https://t.co/tvQUEtuW2z
He just played you. He beat you (or you beat yourself). He doesn't need to beat you again. https://t.co/iV0FAB8WEQ— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 2, 2018
After losing a game, Kirby smart deserves credit for going on tv to lobby for a an arbitrary designation that would garner him a six-figure bonus— Allen Kenney (@BlatantHomerism) December 2, 2018
Why should anyone be surprised that the South is acting like losing doesn't count? This applies to big football games AND Civil Wars.— Mr. Pilkington (@Onikuno) December 2, 2018
Whether ‘Bama makes the shorter trip (but at the risk of a crowd disadvantage) or plays down in South Florida is not quite clear at this point, but the latter seems FAR more likely. If you’re the traveling type and have the time/means to do so, I highly recommend following the Sooners down to Miami. I love New Orleans and Pasadena, but this particular trip has its own unique appeal.
Anyway, everything will be nailed down in the very near future, and we will be able to shift our focus away from these silly CFP arguments and back to football.
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