As I've said before, only conference champions should be in the playoff. If we know for a fact you are #2 in your conference, then we know for a fact you aren't #1 in the country. Why the hell should you be in the playoff?
....And that's why the committee should not be releasing rankings during the year. When they first rank on October 28, how are they going to take into account conference champions? Best guess?
The answer, of course, is that they can't. This means that every committee ranking prior to the final will be leaving out a primary factor. What an f'ing disaster. Think about it- right now, without conference championships being considered, clearly two SEC West teams belong in the playoff. This may be true all the way up until conference championship week......at which point the conference champion factor makes it almost impossible to justify two teams from the same conference.
Trust me on this, the rankings throughout the year are going to cause major controversy, all of which will be resolved when conference championships are properly considered.
Releasing rankings prior to the end of the year is a mistake.