Ohio State fans are downright pissed. They think they deserve a shot to defend their title in the playoffs this year. However, logical thinking would tell you that they had to win out to do so. They did not. They lost to Michigan State and didn’t get to compete in the Big 10 Championship. That won’t stop their fans from telling you they deserve to be in the playoff more than Alabama.
Take for example this one fan who wrote a long winded letter to the committee about their frustrations.
From Buckeyes News:
Dearest Jeff Long and others at the CFP-
You created a system in which you are supposed to put the BEST 4 TEAMS in the playoff, regardless of anything else. I get that championships carry more weight, but you can’t watch Ohio State crush Michigan on the road and then see Alabama struggle against the worst SEC “championship” team I’ve ever seen and logically leave Ohio State out, let alone Oklahoma’s abysmal loss to Texas.
Oklahoma lost to a 5-7 team by 7. Alabama lost to a 9-3 team by 6 (at home). Ohio State lost to the #5 team in the country by 3 points. While it was at home you could see the impact that weather conditions had on the game, and you could also see how Ohio State rebounded in a big way on the road against the #10 team in the country with a 30 point victory.
I know about your “SEC bias.” I mean, what would ESPN think if you left an SEC team out of the playoff? Finebaum might have a heart attack! Logically though, Alabama is in no way better than Ohio State. They struggled with a Florida team who just lost 27-2 to FSU and almost lost to Florida Atlantic at home. Alabama’s non-conference schedule is worse than Ohio State’s according to the SOS metrics.
Yes, Ohio State’s schedule is not great, but that shouldn’t really matter if you are truly trying to include the “Four Best Teams.” Hell, I created a 56-team link that has 2-10 SMU beating Alabama. Yes, it’s legit. Why don’t you just use that and put SMU in the CFP? Anyway, I encourage you to look a little deeper. Alabama’s best win is against a three-loss LSU team that almost fired their head coach. The B1G has five teams in the top 15 YOU CREATED; the SEC has two.
Alabama has beat ZERO teams that have less than 3 losses. Zero. Zilch. None. Some of it’s “tough competition,” like Arkansas, lost to a MAC team. Hell, if it wasn’t for a farce by Ole Miss on a 4th and 25 against that very same Arkansas team, Ole Miss, with 2 losses, would’ve been mathematically in the SEC championship over Alabama. Big bad SEC contender South Carolina lost to an FCS team. FCS! The SEC played more FCS teams out of conference than they did Power-5 opponents. Alabama’s best win out of conference is over a 3 loss BIG TEN team, Wisconsin on a “neutral” site. They also played 1-11 Louisiana Monroe, Charleston Southern, and Middle Tennessee.
The “Big Bad SEC” is nothing anymore. Houston has the same amount of wins over ranked teams (3) as the ENTIRE SEC East division. So does Michigan State. So does Oklahoma. They all have the same amount of losses. So why is Alabama ahead of them? I’m not quite sure.
Oklahoma had the benefit of playing a ton of backup QB’s. TCU was without Trevone Boykin when they played Oklahoma. Baylor did not have Seth Russell. In addition, while they did play a solid non-conference schedule, they lost to Texas (a team that finished 5-7) in week five. That is two weeks later than Alabama’s loss. Texas was 1-4 at that point and coming off a 50-7 whooping at the hands of TCU. Oklahoma should not have lost that game and still have been considered over more worthy teams for the playoff.
Either way, the four best teams deserve to be in the playoff. Not the SEC champion and the 3 other best teams. Sorry guys, I know ESPN is on the phone talking about how to justify Alabama being #1 even if Clemson wins, so I’ll end this letter.
I guess OSU fans forgot about their loss to Virginia Tech last year that the committee overlooked in the end..
[via Buckeyes News]
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