The college football world was thrown for a loop Tuesday night when the first set of College Football Playoff rankings were revealed.
One-loss Texas A&M was one spot ahead of undefeated Washington, leaving the Huskies as the odd team out. FOX Sports pundit and commentator Joel Klatt thinks it has everything to do with TV ratings and nothing to do with play on the field.
He said the following in an interview with KTCK-AM 1310 AM The Ticket:
“When I saw Texas A&M pop up, I just kind of shook my head,” Klatt said. “I was like, ‘This is unbelievable.’ This all about ratings and interest rather than actually valuing what these kids are doing on the field. Because no one in their right mind would rate Texas A&M above Washington. They just wouldn’t or else they haven’t watched.
Klatt went on to say that the Aggies are overrated and overvalued
“I feel bad for the Aggie fans that they were overvalued because they had two very average teams, both should be 3-5, that took the Aggies to overtime in their own stadium. I feel bad I feel bad for the Aggie fans that they were overvalued having been outgained by three opponents this year and having five opponents gain more first downs than they did. And having two opponents of Alabama gain more yards than they did against Alabama. So the committee is using you to drive ratings.”
Texas A&M’s only loss came to No. 1 Alabama, while one of their signature wins came against Tennessee at their peak. It’s certainly difficult to imagine, given that the playoff committee is made up mostly of athletic directors who are watching games that ratings would play large role in decision making, if at all. Committee chairman Kirby Hocutt gave almost all strictly football matchup and schedule related reasons for the decision on Tuesday night.