This seems to happen every year, and it is getting old! The Cincinnati Bearcats are ranked 6th even though they are undefeated and win over the tenth-ranked team Notre Dame who they beat in South Bend. Let’s take a look at the top 6 teams resumes and where they belong?
Number 1 Georgia
I don’t have a problem with this, as the Bulldogs look to have a historically significant defense. With a game against Alabama possibly looming in the SEC Championship Game, the Bulldogs are in good shape to get in the playoffs with a win. The big question is will they get in if they lose the SEC title game to Alabama? The answer should probably be no as of right now. The Bulldogs best win as of right now is against the Auburn Tigers; there are no top ten wins for the Bulldogs and won’t be the way the rest of the season lines up for Georgia.
Number 2 Alabama
This is indefensible! Alabama has not beaten one team ranked in the top 10 of this ranking, and the best win was against 16th ranked Ole Miss. They struggled to beat a .500 Florida team, and they worked for three quarters to beat Tennessee. I am not saying Alabama is not the second-best team, but the resume they have put together does not scream number 2.
Number 3 Michigan State
This is mind-blowing; they struggled with Western Kentucky, beat Indiana by just 5 points, and won by a field goal against a mediocre Nebraska team. They came from 17 down to beat Michigan, but does anybody think Michigan is that great? Hell, the committee has Michigan ranked 7th!
Number 4 Oregon Ducks
Oregon is at number 4! Really? Sure, the Ducks beat Ohio State at Ohio State, but they lost to Stanford! The Pac 12 is not a great conference this year, and to lose to Stanford should keep you out of the top 4.
Number 5 Ohio State
Ohio State lost to Oregon; not a bad loss, but who have they beaten? They have a 33-24 win over Penn State, but the Nittany Lions have fallen off in the last month. When it comes down to it, Ohio State doesn’t deserve to be ranked ahead of Cincinnati as Ohio State has beaten nobody in the CFP rankings top 25!
Number 6 Cincinnati
Let me start with this question? Has anybody in the top 5 beaten a team in the Top 10? The answer only Oregon has, and they lost to Stanford!; Cincinnati beat the tenth-ranked Irish at Notre Dame 24-13, and the game was not as close as the score indicated. Cincinnati beat Indiana by two touchdowns; in comparison, Michigan State squeaked by Indiana by just 5 points.
Schedules are the biggest scam in college football, which says a lot when you make a statement like that about college football. The College Football Playoff Ponzi scheme, and the SEC is Bernie Madoff, same as the old BCS was. All the Power 5 conferences do the work, but the SEC collects the rewards. The SEC (Bama in particular) deserves credit for winning the tournament, but often, the conference is severely overrated. When the CFB Playoff was formed, we were told teams would be ranked based upon schedule quality and quality of wins over being undefeated. This has not been true. The curtain has to be lifted so fans can watch the season with open and clear eyes. Isn’t it time that fans get the games we want to see and the four best teams in the playoff games? We are all being had by ridiculous schedules that manipulate who makes it to the playoff. Teams only get 12 guaranteed games per season. So why on earth should teams be rewarded for playing three non-competitive non-conference games per year?? Nobody wants to pay to leave games at halftime. In 2018, for example, Alabama and Georgia were top 5 teams but were in the top 10 for easiest non-conference schedules. As fans, we spend our time, hard-earned money and devote our Fall lives to college football. We should never waste an entire Saturday watching bad games!
Is the SEC that great? Sure the top two or three teams are really good but don’t tell me they are all great. Does anybody think Ole Miss or Mississippi State is that great? The schedule is where they get you. They tell you if a non-power conference team wants to get in, they need to toughen up their schedule. Will Cincinnati did that this year and scheduled back to back games against Indiana and Notre dame. They won both on the road, and while Indiana has not turned out to be as good as expected, Notre Dame is sitting at number two in the rankings. The Bearcats will play a 7-1 SMU later this season, and I will say this if you compare the Pac 12 to the AAC. Is there a vast difference? SMU and Houston are excellent teams and would probably be two of the top 4 teams in a very weak Pac 12.
Also, the SEC plays eight conference games while the other major conferences all play 9. That is a considerable advantage for SEC teams as they schedule an easy win like a Mercer instead of playing another conference game. Imagine if Ohio State was allowed to drop one conference game and rather could play Mercer, will that makes the road much easier for an SEC team. Once again, the system is set up for the SEC.
The current SEC formula to manipulate your way into the playoffs is: play eight conference games, one mandated power five team, two non-competitive FBS games, and 1 FCS team.
In the end, the answer is straightforward if you are not in a power conference, you are not getting in no matter what you do. The Power conferences control all the money, and they are not letting Cincinnati in under any circumstance, and it’s a shame because, as of right now, the Bearcats deserve to be in.
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