TMG NEWSMAKER OF THE WEEK: CFP Selection Committee
They got it right. The four best football teams, the four most deserving football teams. Conference champions. It all worked out for the 13-members of the College Football Playoff Committee.
And they probably even nailed the seeds and pairings.
On Dec. 28th in Atlanta, Georgia, No. 1 seed LSU will take on No. 4 Oklahoma and, in Glendale, Arizona, No. 2 Ohio State will meet No. 3 Clemson.
Conference champions from the ACC (Clemson), SEC (LSU), Big Ten (Ohio State) and Big 12 (Oklahoma). The four teams have a combined record of 51-1, with Oklahoma having the only blemish.
Left out was the Pac-12, but their champion (Oregon) had two losses. Notre Dame was also outside the room with its two losses.
No one could really say they didn't have a fair chance. Georgia could have played its way into the Final Four with a win over a LSU in the SEC title game. It didn't happen.
Utah could have been a serious contender with a win over Oregon. Nope.
Even two-loss Wisconsin might have had an outside chance if they had upset Ohio State. Sorry Badger fans.
And in the Big 12, Baylor could have also been invited to the party, if it had won the rematch with Oklahoma. The Bears gave it a shot, but OU won a 30-23 overtime decision.
There have been times in the past when conference champions didn't make the playoffs (Alabama, Penn State). And when, in our opinion huge mistakes were made (2016 taking Ohio State over a Penn State team which had beaten the Buckeyes during the regular season and won the Big Ten title). The committee felt that a second Penn State loss was worth more than a head to head win and conference championship.
And there was some strange final rankings in the lower tier. How, for example, does Virginia stay in the Top 25 AFTER a 62-17 loss to Clemson.
Could it be that the committee wanted to keep Virginia as a ranked team so it could give Clemson at least ONE win over ranked team this season?
This will never be a completely fair system since the playoff pool has teams from five conferences and only four slots. There will come a time when all five conference champions are unbeaten and maybe even Notre Dame. If that happens, chatter for an 8-team playoff will increase dramatically.
But those are future arguments. For this season, the CFP Selection Committee did its job well and for that they are TMG's Newsmaker of The Week.