That was the one sudden wrinkle within the second set of Faculty Soccer Playoff Rankings launched on Tuesday. We had been speculated to argue Notre Dame or Michigan at No. 3, or Michigan or Georgia at No. 4.
The committee lined up the highest six proper. No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson and No. Three Notre Dame stay undefeated and maintain the highest three spots. No. Four Michigan, No. 5 Georgia and No. 6 Oklahoma are the perfect one-loss groups on the board now — and you may make some artistic interchangeable arguments between the three groups.
MORE: Week 10 Playoff rankings
That’s effective. If that’s the method you wish to arrange a two-SEC Playoff argument, then go for it.
The subsequent logical step for the committee would have been to go along with one among Washington State, West Virginia or Ohio State — the final of the one-loss Energy 5 groups.
However no, the committee needed to get cute by shoehorning the Tigers in at No. 7. At what level do losses matter?
Certain, LSU misplaced to the perfect crew within the nation in Alabama. However it misplaced 29-Zero at dwelling. There should not be a reward for that, particularly when its different loss was to a Florida crew that misplaced by three touchdowns to Missouri on Saturday. Then once more, the Gators are the highest-ranked three-loss crew on the board — solely three spots behind No. 12 UCF (8-0).
Fairly frankly, UCF must be ranked forward of LSU. At minimal, the Tigers must be ranked nearer to Florida than to Alabama. We all know the power of schedule argument for the Tigers. The Georgia win is nice, however let’s not overvalue the wins towards Miami, Auburn and Mississippi State. These groups have a mixed document of 17-10 heading into the ultimate three weeks of the season.
The rating is extra a disservice to the three one-loss Energy 5 groups that must be ranked forward of LSU now. We would fortunately watch all three of these groups go head-to-head towards the Tigers, too.
— Washington State. Certain, Ed Orgeron vs. Mike Leach can be enjoyable.
— West Virginia. Yep, we’ll do a Spellcheck bowl with Holgorsen and Orgeron, too.
— Ohio State. Who would not watch Joe Burrow, who transferred from the Buckeyes to play at LSU, go towards his former crew? That’s the most alluring matchup of all.
We like these matchups within the correct setting — and that is the New Yr’s Day Six. The Cougars, Mountaineers and Buckeyes nonetheless belong within the Playoff dialog till they endure a second loss. Two-loss groups that do not have an opportunity at convention championships do not have that luxurious. Because the Playoff has proven us, two-loss groups don’t belong within the Playoff dialogue.
The Tigers had their likelihood to remain to remain within the dialog on Saturday however, once more, they misplaced 29-Zero at dwelling, and all this rating does is conjure up pointless arguments in regards to the notion of SEC bias.
A two-loss LSU crew at No. 7? That does not work now and received’t work in December.
There isn’t a cause to do it.