Because college football lacks a legitimate championship tournament process, like every other sport on the planet has including the ultra-corrupt FIFA, there is a problem with every attempt to rank teams for the “final four” at the end of the season.
And it is wrong again this week, for many reasons. Here’s a quick rimer:
- Alabama lost a home game, giving up 46 points in the process and demonstrating it is a flawed team. Yet it is still ranked above two undefeated teams from Power 5 conferences despite a middling strength-of-schedule rating;
- Georgia, despite losing on its home field to a 4-6 team, is still ranked ahead of four other one-loss teams from Power 5 conferences despite a similar, middling SOS to Alabama;
- Clemson is ranked ahead of two other Power 5 unbeaten teams despite not playing a single team this season that is currently ranked. Yes, the Tigers are the defending champions, and they are undefeated, so they deserve some benefit of the doubt, but in a true meritocracy of NCAA sport, the schedule strength is pathetic.
These polls are biased in favor of conferences where the fans spend more money on the sport, which we would expect from the College Football Playoff committee—but not from allegedly objective journalists, who have once again collectively proven they are too easily influenced by the hype they themselves create to “sell” their content.
We have no such needs, of course, which is why our weekly exercise in seeding a fair, 16-team tournament is as objective—based on maths—as possible. There is no perfect system, and we know that; however, the corruption of the sport should not be seeping into the media analysis of the sport.
The reality is that Alabama hadn’t played a team all season that is still ranked until this loss to LSU, where the Crimson Tide fell behind 33-13 at halftime and spent the whole second half chasing the Tigers in a game that was not as close as the score suggests.
Georgia does not belong ranked above Oregon, Utah, and Penn State, teams that lost their one defeat to much better teams than the Bulldogs. In fact, the Nittany Lions lost on the road to an undefeated team; why wouldn’t they be ranked as the best of the one-loss teams right now?
As for Clemson, all the kids on any team can do is play the schedule put in front of them, and these Tigers have beat all comers. However, Minnesota has at least beaten a ranked team this season—something Baylor and Clemson both have not done.
There’s a common sense and logic missing from the AP poll, and when the media isn’t honest with itself, it is misleading the public—and that is not what the First Amendment is all about in this country, even for sports coverage.