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I agree for the most part, but I don’t think there’s any way you’ll convince me that there’s not an SEC bias — and I rarely subscribe to conspiracy theories. For starters, Georgia is just accepted as being the best of the one-loss teams and firmly entrenched at No. 4. Why? It got beat handily by an LSU team that hasn’t exactly walked on water.
But don’t tell the committee that. They have the Tigers as the best 3-loss team and No. 10 in the country — largely because they have “great losses.” They are all to SEC foes that include No. 9 Florida, No. 1 Alabama, and a 7 OT thriller to No. 19 Texas A&M where defense was an optional package.
And while we’re talking about the Gators, I don’t even think Florida fans believe their team is No. 9 in the country — especially seeing how all three of its losses came at home by at least two scores.
I’ve never seen so many teams from one conference get so much mileage out of losses, but since it’s all within the SEC, there it is. It’s no wonder though, because the committee has four of its thirteen members that have SEC ties (the most of any conference).
And to Brent’s point, it makes no sense to me why the Committee gives credit to teams for losing to ranked opponents that IT ranked, yet seems to not give the same weight to quality wins over teams it ranked.
By the way, no other team still vying for a playoff spot has two better wins than what the Buckeyes do currently using the current CFP rankings (@ No. 12 Penn State and against No. 7 Michigan at home).
So, while I don’t prescribe to an anti-Ohio State bias, I do think a lot of it is coming as a byproduct of the SEC being greatly overvalued. I thought we were past those days, but apparently not.