We are getting close to the end of the first MNC Wednesday miniseries here, and this is a season where everything was fixed as we explained while it was happening. With the title game set for New Orleans, the College Football Playoff committee did everything it could to ensure LSU would make it there and maximum profits could be had—just like the Bowl Championship Series did in 2007. We’re not even sure why we’re bothering to legitimize any of this right now.
That being said, here we go with our futile exercise. Enjoy the rancor …
The 2019 MNC: Completely rigged CFP as we argued when it happened
Here is the Associated Press Top 10, including final record with key bowl results:
1. LSU (15-0): Won CFP Bowl, 42-25
2. Clemson (14-1): Lost CFP Bowl, 25-42
3. Ohio State (13-1): Lost Fiesta Bowl, 23-29
4. Georgia (12-2): Won Sugar Bowl, 26-14
5. Oregon (12-2): Won Rose Bowl, 28-27
6. Florida (11-2): Won Orange Bowl, 36-28
7. Oklahoma (12-2): Lost Peach Bowl, 28-63
8. Alabama (11-2): Won Citrus Bowl, 35-16
9. Penn State (11-2): Won Cotton Bowl, 53-39
10. Minnesota (11-2): Won Outback Bowl, 31-24
The Tigers beat the Tigers in a contrived title game, so LSU is what we’re all stuck with, even though Ohio State (which finished No. 1 in the SRS by quite a bit) was the consensus No. 1 sabermetric team at the end of the regular season—and got relegated to a poorly officiated matchup with Clemson in the semifinals while LSU got the bye against Oklahoma, which didn’t belong in the CFP to begin with, as usual.
Oregon is the only team above that can be advanced, too, although with two losses, the Ducks won’t be able to overcome LSU’s perfect record, we’re guessing, leaving us with a fraudulent champion (again?). Any other schools to consider? Notre Dame posted an 11-2 record with a Camping Bowl win (don’t ask); Navy also went 11-2 with a Liberty Bowl victory. But the Midshipmen lost to the Fighting Irish, so they’re out. Appalachian State posted a 13-1 record and a bowl win, but the SOS is not there (100th).
Lastly, the Air Force Falcons went 11-2 with a Cheez-It Bowl win, but they didn’t win the Mountain West: Boise State did, and the Broncos lost their bowl game, even though they finished 12-2. That went their chance! So, we only have 3 teams to consider in this charade. These are the respective SOS ratings for our top teams, after the wasted time above:
- LSU: 14 Division I-A opponents, 6.60 SOS rating, 6th of 130
- Notre Dame: 13 Division I-A opponents, 3.30 SOS rating, 31st
- Oregon: 13 Division I-A opponents, 3.59 SOS rating, 28th
Well, there it is. LSU “wins” the analysis, although as we explained, it was fixed for the Tigers to maximize profits with the title game planned for New Orleans. We present some interesting facts below to show the strange improvements LSU displayed in this season compared to the one prior:
- Quarterback Joe Burrow: 133.2 QB rating in 2019, 202.0 in 2020
- Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire: 754 scrimmage yards in 2019 followed by 1,867 scrimmage yards in 2020
- Wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase: 313 scrimmage yards in 2019 followed by 1,785 scrimmage yards in 2020
- Wide receiver Justin Jefferson: 901 scrimmage yards in 2019 followed by 1,540 scrimmage yards in 2020
It’s fascinating how these guys pulled rabbits out of their hats in 2019, just in time to make it to New Orleans in front of their rabid fan base. LSU had the same head coach, but everything was just so much better in this magical season—and LSU has just fired that same head coach less than two years later. Ironic? Suspect? Contrived? You tell us. Also, none of these four players ever played another down of college football after these miraculous performance improvements. Coincidence? Probably not.
It’s almost as if LSU was trying to cover its tracks before anyone noticed the anomalies. We’re not that dumb, even if most college football fans are that stupid.
Congratulations to the 2019 Louisiana State Tigers, the truly mythical national champion?