The College Football Playoff selection committee’s decision to put Alabama in over Ohio State didn’t just upset Buckeyes fans. It also infuriated some analysts who think the SEC gets too much undeserved love.
One who’s always in that bunch is former Florida State QB Danny Kanell, host of Off the Bench podcast, and he hasn’t let it go since the news dropped.
On Monday morning, Kanell shared three “lies” and three “facts” as it pertains to the committee.
Regular season matters
Conference championship matters
Strength of schedule matters
SEC gets automatic bid/favored status
“Unequivocally better” means “we think so but have no idea”
Criteria is written so committee can explain any away choice they make
— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) December 4, 2017
His first fact claims that the “SEC gets automatic bid/favored status.” Well, this does mark the first time in four years that there are two teams from the same conference reaching the playoff, but Georgia and Alabama are certainly deserving.
When it comes to the “regular season matters” lie, it certainly does, which is why Ohio State’s 31-point loss to Iowa in early November — one of the school’s two defeats — is hard to overlook.
As for the conference championship not really mattering, it’s true in the sense that it doesn’t always matter and isn’t a golden ticket to the playoff. After all, Pac-12 champion USC didn’t make it either.
Buckeyes fans discredited that last season when arguing the team should get in over Penn State despite not winning its division. Ohio State did, indeed, make the four-team field over the Nittany Lions.
His third lie has some merit as many metrics had Ohio State’s strength of schedule a little higher than Alabama’s. According to ESPN, the Buckeyes’ slate was ranked No. 36 in the country while the Crimson Tide’s was No. 47.
What’s worth questioning is how the committee views the Big Ten. Ohio State’s exclusion from the playoff marks the second straight season the Big Ten champ has been left out, and the last two Big Ten representatives have been outscored 69-0 (Alabama 38, Michigan State 0; Clemson 31, Ohio State 0).
If anything is a fact, it’s that the playoff is sure to spark lots of debate each season.