Alabama is the only SEC team that would make the College Football Playoff if the season ended today. But fans of other teams were still concerned to see where their school ranked in the second CFP rankings released on Tuesday night.
Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the College Football Playoff, went on The Paul Finebaum Show on Wednesday evening and covered a plethora of topics, including the specific rankings for several SEC teams.
One fan base that may have been surprised was Florida’s. The Gators were ranked at No. 11 in the first CFP rankings last week. But after losing to Arkansas, 31-10, last Saturday, they’re now out of the rankings completely.
“A lot of tough decisions for us and the fact is, the committee felt like Arkansas deserved to move in,” Hancock told Finebaum. “Florida did fall a long way, we knew that, we talked about that. … The committee felt like that’s where they belong.”
The Razorbacks earned the last spot in the rankings at No. 25.
It was no surprise Texas A&M is no longer holding one of the top four spots after its upset loss at Mississippi State last week. The Aggies didn’t fall too far, however, coming in at No. 8.
Hancock said the committee felt A&M deserved to stay ahead of Auburn, which is ranked No. 9, because the Aggies defeated the Tigers earlier this season.
LSU dropped 11 spots from No. 13 to No. 24, even though its loss last week was a 10-0 defeat to top-ranked Alabama. Hancock noted that the Tigers just don’t have a signature win this season.
“Talented team, frankly I love that game against Alabama. That’s one of my favorite games of the season so far,” Hancock said. “They just don’t have a quality win. They have three really good losses.”
The committee certainly takes into effect strength of schedule — hence why they had Aggies in the No. 4 spot last week. However, Hancock reiterated to Finebaum that the committee does not base its rankings off margins of victories:
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