Three reasons why Florida has a gripe with its latest College Football Playoff ranking
The College Football Playoff selection committee released its latest top 25 rankings Tuesday. This is, of course, a totally worthless endeavor. Nothing matters until all the games have been played and conference champions have been crowned.
Yet, if the committee is going to publish rankings every week, the least it could do is produce a list that has some connection to reality. Unfortunately, the latest top 25 is a work of fiction worse than the typical Adam Sandler movie.
For instance, how can Florida only be ranked No. 11?
This seems absurd for three reasons:
Florida won and moved down, while Florida State lost and didn’t move at all
Huh? The Seminoles lost to Clemson on Saturday and remained ranked 16th. Yet Florida dropped from No. 10 even though it clinched the SEC East with its victory over Vanderbilt. I’m not sure what math equation was used to figure that one out, but I’m sure it has something to do with Common Core.
Florida is ranked behind Utah
The Gators’ loss was on the road by a touchdown to a team the selection committee has in its top 10. The Utes’ loss was by nearly three touchdowns to a team whose only ranking is on the list of Best Available Coaching Jobs. In other words, Florida should clearly be ahead of Utah.
Florida is well behind Iowa
Last week, the undefeated Hawkeyes were just one spot ahead of the Gators. But this week, Iowa jumped all the way to No. 5 in therankings. This is ridiculous. Do you know what you call an Iowa football player on Florida’s campus? A walk-on. That noticeable talent difference is reason alone why Iowa shouldn’t have a better ranking.
The truth, though, is that Gators fans probably shouldn’t spend too much time worrying about any of this. Florida is still in a great position to make the Playoff if it wins out and claims the SEC title.
But the selection committee’s rankings will always get the attention of college football fans because it’s just so intriguing to try and figure out the committee’s thought process — or when it comes to the evaluation of the Gators, whether the committee was even thinking at all.