SportsPulse: Dan Wolken and Paul Myerberg split the College Football Playoff ranking before the weekend of the conference championships and if the committee was successful, placing Oklahoma over Ohio State.
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Central Florida may have been able to consider the university football game if the Knights had been ranked seventh in the last standings, behind a trio of single-play teams set up this weekend to compete for their home team. respective conference championships. The odds have remained between thin and nil, but here's the roadmap: UCF ends its regular season with a convincing win against Memphis while number 6 Ohio State sinks to No. 21 Northwestern, number 5 Oklahoma loses for the second time against No 14 Texas and Georgia, No. 4, are ranked 1st in Alabama.
However, even in this case, UCF should face another pair of problems. One is the injury to quarterback McKenzie Milton, who ended the junior season in the win over south Florida last weekend. And the other is the fact that the strength of the Knights' program is simply not up to the best-performing contenders in a Power Five league – and could actually be lower than Georgia's, with two losses, for example.
But that's a questionable point. The penultimate ranking released on Tuesday night put UCF in eighth place, not only of the aforementioned trio, but also of Michigan No. 7, which lost three places after its terrible loss of rivalry with Canada. Buckeyes. There is no realistic form of chaos – in any way whatsoever – that UCF gets into the squad with four teams. There is, however, a chance for things to move as the Knights should overtake the Wolverines with a win over Memphis and win the American Athletics Conference.
At present, the debate concerns only two teams, Oklahoma and the State of Ohio, which could possibly be the subject of further debate if the Bulldogs were to defeat Alabama. If this happens, the committee will have to honor a One-Power Power One Loss champion or an Alabama One-Loss, SEC second place. That the committee include the tide a year ago is not in the balance: Alabama in 2017 was competing with the winners of the two-game conference.
The fact that the tide has been so dominant can settle the debate even before it starts. In all respects, Alabama is the best team in the country since the first weekend of the season. It might be difficult to put this idea aside. With the final ranking coming this weekend, here's what the committee was wrong and wrong Tuesday night:
Georgia ahead of Oklahoma. It may not seem like a hard decision to look at, at least, what Georgia has been touting since losing to LSU in the middle of the season, while Oklahoma fought for the most part during a conference. . The Sooners have allowed at least 40 points in each of their last four games, all of which were won, including 56 in last weekend's win at No. 16 West Virginia. Meanwhile, Georgia has won five straight victories – two against teams currently ranked by the selection committee, No. 9 Florida and 15 Kentucky – by at least 17 points. While the double-digit underdogs head for the SEC title against Alabama, the Bulldogs have been looking for one of the top four teams for most of the second half of the regular season.
No matter how light, there were still arguments to make for Oklahoma ahead of Georgia on the sole basis of the quality of this shootout victory against the Mountaineers. This happened on the road, for example, against a team that the committee considered one of the best in the country since the first season standings in October. And while the Oklahoma defense has been miserably predictable, there is something to be said about the strength of Kyler Murray's offensive and the Sooners' striker – the best of the nation by a distinct margin. For the most part, Oklahoma has been argued to at least qualify for the fourth vacant post after Michigan's defeat in the state of Ohio. Georgia was always the choice of the committee, and it was a wise choice.
Washington before the state of Washington. You can understand why the committee could have ranked Washington State No. 13 before Washington No. 11, since the simplest calculations are in favor of the Cougars: Washington State has two defeats against three on Washington. Again, the Huskies had just won at Pullman, 28-15, and had this tiebreaker. In addition, UW holds a head start on the overall strength of the calendar.
In the inter-division game, the Cougars drew Utah and Arizona home and Colorado on the road. The Huskies faced Utah and UCLA on the road and Colorado at home. Outside the conference, the Huskies lost to Auburn on a neutral site and beat North Dakota and Brigham Young at home. Washington State won in Wyoming and at home against the state of San Jose and Washington State. As for the edge at the back, the Huskies have a stronger resume. Thus, despite the difference in ranking, the committee legitimately placed Washington before the Cougars. The gap will widen if UW beats No. 17 Utah to win the Pac-12.
Texas is ranked too low. The Longhorns deserve to be above the No. 14 in these rankings. If you think this is an insignificant distinction, consider the role that this team will play in choosing the pitch. Texas. Style points matter – do not forget how the Ohio State flew to the first playoff round in 2014 after destroying Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game – but not as much as the how the committee perceives Texas and how it assesses the quality of a potential. Oklahoma win.
Texas has won two very high quality wins over Oklahoma and Iowa State. There was a bad defeat against Maryland in the first game, but the Terrapins finally managed to win the bowl eligibility and almost beat Ohio State in the overtime loss this month. The Longhorns have another pair of tight defeats: against Oklahoma State, which would then beat West Virginia and a defeat against Oklahoma, and against the Mountaineers, who defeated after a two-point conversion. CV is better than # 14.