The College Football Playoff Selection Committtee issued its final regular-season rankings on Sunday afternoon. Condi Rice, Tom Osbourne, and the big wigs on the committee left some fans longing for the decision making of the Bowl Championship Series’s computers.
The selection committee placed SEC champion Alabama in the first spot, followed by PAC-12 champion Oregon, ACC champion Florida State, and Big 10 champion Ohio State.
The decision pits Alabama against Ohio State at the Sugar Bowl and Oregon versus Florida State at the Rose Bowl. The winner of the New Year’s Day bowl games will play on January 12th in the national championship.
TCU, specifically, and the Big 12 more broadly, comes out the big loser. The Horned Frogs had placed 3rd in the most recent committee rankings. TCU did nothing to drop its standing, defeating Iowa State 55-3 on Saturday. Baylor, which defeated Kansas State to win the Big 12 on Saturday, finished in the fifth spot. So, the Big 12’s two teams with legitimate arguments to compete in the playoff will watch on television. The committee, which would have had one Big 12 school angry with it, now leaves partisans of both Baylor and TCU with grievances.
Ohio State and the Big 10 appear as the big winners. Despite fans writing off the conference early as a result of losses in inter-conference games, and writing off the Buckeyes late with the loss of their quarterback J.T. Barrett after losing Braxton Miller in the summer, Ohio State crept into the top four after thrashing Wisconsin 59-0 on Saturday.