We’re only a few short years away from finally giving College Football a bit more legitimacy. In many regards, adding a four team playoff solves plenty of conflicts in each ranking system, and puts the nation’s best four teams in a position to win the national championship. If the playoff system was put in place this season, there would be an interesting debate for which teams deserve to make the playoffs. Sports Illustrated projected that the bracket would likely end up with the following arrangement:
The only real “gimme” is Notre Dame, as the Fighting Irish are the only eligible undefeated team remaining. As shaky as that undefeated record really is, it would be literally impossible to convince the selection committee to deny an undefeated pseudo-AQ team a playoff bid. The other lock would be Alabama, because they are the only eligible one “good-loss” conference champion out there.
The teams left in discussion are Oregon (one loss), Florida (one loss), Kansas State (one loss), Stanford (two losses), LSU (two losses), and Texas A&M (two losses). Choosing two indisputable teams from that list is very difficult.
The debate then turns to whether a team deserves a bid based on their entire resume, or how well they are playing in the home stretch. The nation’s two hottest teams right now are Stanford and Texas A&M, and I could easily see them beating any of the teams in consideration. However, their previous losses do not look good on their final resume.
The most appealing teams based on resume are Oregon and Florida, who only have one loss each, but didn’t win their respective conferences. In my opinion, the fact that Oregon and Florida have the best two losses (Stanford and Georgia) should lock up their spots in the playoff, but that would snub teams that have can make a case as a “hot” team.
Stanford not getting in over Oregon would be the biggest point of debate in my opinion, but Oregon’s resume still looks better in the big picture.
It would be a tough decision, but what do you think?
Should the playoff selection committee pick best team at the moment, or the teams with the best resumes?