College Football Playoff: Ohio State and Notre Dame in Over Texas A&M and Cincinnati

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The College Football Playoff selection committee has made their decision and the rankings are as follows:

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Ohio State
4. Notre Dame

This is honestly what I expected the committee to do. My former colleague Ty Duffy explained years ago that the committee does, within reason, what is best for their TV show. Ohio State and Notre Dame can be expected to deliver higher ratings than Texas A&M and Cincinnati. Cincinnati was ultimately also ranked behind Oklahoma (Oklahoma was no. 6, and we don’t know Cincy’s ranking yet).

Earlier today, Outkick founder Clay Travis said these would’ve been his rankings:

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Texas A&M
4. Notre Dame

Clay would have dinged Ohio State for only playing six games when Texas A&M played nine (going 8-1) and Notre Dame played 11 (going 10-1). Clay and I both predicted before the rankings were revealed that the committee would do exactly like they did.

Maybe I’m biased as a Big Ten grad but I would’ve included Ohio State in here as the committee did. What I would’ve done, however, is put Cincinnati in the fourth spot. Texas A&M already lost to Alabama by four touchdowns and Notre Dame got blown out by Clemson last night. If there were ever a time the committee could make the legitimate case to include a team from outside the power-five, that time was now with the undefeated Bearcats out of the AAC.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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    • ND v Alabama = about 30 minutes of TV. As soon as Bama goes up by three touchdowns (somewhere in the first quarter) millions of TVs will switch to American Squirrels got nuts.

  1. The CFP is a TV show, or three shows, to be exact. It is a TV show that happens to involve College Football. It has very little to do with on the field accomplishments.

    Notre Dame and Ohio State move the needle. UC and A&M don’t. End of story.

  2. lipstick on a pig.

    i’m a Bama fan and they are great, but anyone watching this scam of a playoff, knows that this is Retarded. Can i say that? or is this banned like the Redskins.

    BTW media, you can say Redskins. its the team that says the name is retired. i’m retiring my name soon too.

    my new name is ‘Alexander SuperTramp’. do not call me Chris 😎

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