Not much surprise about the latest one College Football Playoff Rankings as the order of the top four on Tuesday was clear on Saturday night. The only remaining debate is who will be included in the CFP if any of those four teams lose their respective congress championship games.
“I don’t believe those top three unbeaten teams are going to get anywhere, even if they lose,” he said in the magazine’s Wednesday edition. “The Joel Klatt Performance.” “In this weekend’s championship game, I don’t think these teams, especially the top three, should be penalized for qualifying for these games and because they’ve won every single one of their games. They’re all 12-0 at the moment, they’re all playing for their league title and even if they lose, I think they’ll go to the Football Knockout Qualifier. University.”
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The conversation will be on Selection Sunday if Georgia beats 14th place LSU for the SEC championship, beat Michigan Purdue for the Big Ten title, TCU ranked 10th Kansas State for the Big 12 championship and number 4 USC span number 11 Wyoming for the Pac-12 title. But failure from the top 4 opens the door for the number 5 position Ohio State and number 6 Alabamaneither of them play this weekend.
Klatt is adamant that the Crimson Tide, the team that probably needs at least two teams above them to lose, should not join the CFP. His main logic is that Alabama, with two losses in the regular season, doesn’t deserve to usurp an undefeated team that qualified for extra time.
“I don’t see any way that Bama won an argument with any of those three,” Klatt said. “I think that’s pretty obvious with Georgia. … Michigan is only going to lose one game and they have the best win in the country. … People are saying if TCU and USC lose, maybe Bama will have a way. Really. I really don’t see it that way First, at least explicitly judge that TCU has 12 wins Bama can’t have more than 10. That, in essence, really should. . But then you can even see the background.”
It will show that Alabama’s best victory comes at Texas, a team that TCU also beat on the road. However, the Horned Frogs also have a win over Kansas State, which will also be their only defeat if they lose Saturday’s Big 12 title game.
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That makes Ohio State the only team outside of the top 4 that Klatt feels is capable of doing CFP. But he won’t pick the Buckeyes over Horned Frogs, if the latter team loses to Kansas State on Saturday. Such a scenario would likely stir up the strongest possible debate about the final area.
“At that point, the State of Kansas will be right next door Penn State“, said Klatt. So the two wins the two teams have are essentially equal, and in this respect you’re just penalizing TCU for losing a game they were eligible to play as a side game. … I don’t think Ohio State is a threat to TCU, if they lose, obviously not to Michigan, and I don’t think it’s to Georgia either.
“I believe Ohio State’s only chance to make it to the knockout stages is if USC loses.”
While Klatt objected to punishing a team for winning the championship, he felt the Buckeyes’ regular season resume almost eclipsed the Trojans. Ohio State’s best win was in 8th place Penn State. USC’s is in 15th place Oregon State. The Buckeyes’ loss was a home defeat to undefeated Michigan. The Trojans’ were one point ahead, but against a Utah team still potentially underrated Penn State.
One more loss for the Utes on Friday and the case of USC becoming the first team to be selected to the CFP with two losses isn’t all that appealing.
“We’re playing for a last place,” Klatt said. “USC wins, you enter. If you lose, you may lose that debate to Ohio State. Others – win, lose – you enter. Georgia, Michigan, TCU, start preparing. [for the CFP]. By the way, maybe Michigan-TCU went head-to-head in the Fiesta Bowl.”
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