Alabama wasn’t treated the same way as another undefeated team in the College Football Playoff committee’s first playoff rankings, according to ESPN’s Trevor Matich.
Matich argued on The Paul Finebaum show Thursday that the No. 1 Crimson Tide (8-0) was not held to the same standard as No. 5 Washington (8-0). While he agreed with ranking the Crimson Tide No. 1, Matich said the committee didn’t evaluate Alabama’s schedule the same way it evaluated the Huskies’.
The committee ranked No. 4 Texas A&M (7-1) ahead of the Huskies, Matich said, because the Aggies had more quality wins. Conversely, he argued that the committee didn’t apply that same standard when evaluating Alabama against undefeated No. 2 Clemson.
“But they didn’t do the same thing for Clemson and Alabama,” Matich said. “Alabama only has one win over a team that’s currently ranked. That’s against No. 4, A&M. Clemson has three wins over teams that are currently ranked, including two in the top 10. And yet, Alabama is ranked ahead of Clemson. So what they did for A&M, they did not do for Clemson.”
Texas A&M has a win over No. 9 Auburn on the road. Washington’s best win came on the road against No. 16 Utah. That difference put the Aggies ahead of the Huskies.
Alabama has a win at home over the fourth-ranked Aggies. Clemson, meanwhile, has road wins over No. 9 Auburn and No. 22 Florida State, and a home win over No. 7 Louisville. However, the Crimson Tide still ranked ahead of the Tigers.
Matich later clarified on Twitter that he didn’t think Clemson should be ranked ahead of Alabama, but that he did think the committee wasn’t being consistent.
— Trevor Matich (@TMatich) November 3, 2016