Yea, but we were able to add a dominant win in a conference championship game to our resume. Bama won’t.
That’s the catch though, isn’t it? Do the Indians have a championship caliber roster? I think not. They have one of the best rotations in baseball, but there are holes all over their roster in the outfield and at second base. They’re lineup is realistically three quality players away from being championship worth, and they don’t have a lot of money to spend.
Agreed. That’s why the rumor I saw with the Dodgers for Verdugo and their top prospect Lux makes sense to me. Verdugo plugs a hole in the outfield, Lux van immediately be plugged into Lindor‘s spot at short, and they could use the $16 million they’d save by not paying Lindor to plug the hole at 2nd base, or to get another outfielder, or both.
"Dr. Pepper" is only the answer if the question is "What garbage soft drink with an annoying college football-inspired ad campaign includes 23 flavors that don't really taste like anything?"
My issue with it is this: If the committee was comfortable putting Minnesota at #4, I believe the committee would have gone Bama - 5, PSU - 6, Georgia - 7, and ranked PSU's resume appropriately. Because they weren't comfortable with Minny, they had to boost another team (Georgia) unreasonably high in order to get Bama out of the top four. Now if Minny beats Iowa this week, and the committee slides them up to 4, will they revisit PSU's ranking as well, or will they just shrug and say "what's done is done," and keep them where they're at, despite their quality wins?
The more I think about it, the more I think this is how the top ten should have played out. I haven’t thought PSU has looked great all year, but neither has Georgia, and PSUs resume is unequivocally better than any team outside of your top four. I also believe that if Baylor wins next week they would deserve to be slotted at 5, right behind Minnesota.
It’s almost like PSU is being punished for losing to a good team. Because Minnesota is undefeated, they have to be ranked higher than the one loss team they just beat, but the committee isn’t ready to buy stock in the gophers yet, so the solution is to drop PSU an unreasonable amount. Meanwhile, Georgia has no such conundrum, so the committee can just ignore the fact that they lost to a terrible team and look only at their quality wins. It’s really unfortunate.
The only thing I don’t understand is the separation between Penn State and Georgia. One team has wins over #11 (by 7) and #16 (by 6), and a three point loss to a dumpster fire, while the other has wins over #15 (by 7) and #20 (by 5) with a 5 point loss to a top ten team. Both teams have the same flawed look to them, yet one is 4 and one is 9. Maybe the committee thinks 4-9 are all in the same league, and the differences between them are minuscule, but perception matters, and playing the #4 ranked team in two weeks looks a lot nicer than playing the #9. I’m not a conspiracy theorist, and I know the committee’s job is tough, but it’s frustrating that the SEC seems to win all the ties, and for no real apparent reason.
We were totally wrong. Somehow people have found a reason to move closer to the ledge. Reading through this thread is fascinating. It’s like half our fan base has PTSD. How so many people are still convinced Bama will find a way in is mind blowing to me. Spots 4 through 9 are all basically a coin flip right now, and each of those teams have warts. Bitching about who’s above who in the pack right now is irrelevant, and splitting hairs. Bama will be jumped by any team in the top 10 who wins out.
Texas A&M... oh, I’m sorry. I thought you were asking about Alabama...
That answer is a hard no. PSU has two top twenty wins, just like Georgia, and a substantially better loss, and they tumbled 5 spots to 9. I understand the committee had a tough job this week as there is no obvious answer for who’s at 4. I just wish other teams got the same credit for equal accomplishments.
I hope all the people on the ledge will back the hell up now that Bama didn’t stay in the top 4. If Oregon wins the PAC 12, they’ll jump Bama easily.
1) OSU (13-0)
2) LSU (13-0)
3) Clemson (13-0)
4) Oregon (12-1)
5) Bama (11-1)
6) Georgia (11-2)
7) Wisconsin (10-2)
8) PSU (10-2)
9) Florida (10-2)
10) Oklahoma (10-2)
11) Minnesota (11-2)
Every other team has 3+ losses. With a top 11 like this, is pretty telling who the two beat conferences are.
Agreed. There is close to 0 chance Bama gets in over a one loss Oregon or Oklahoma. Even if they come in at 4 tonight (likely). They’ll get jumped as other resumes improve and theirs doesn’t.
The hard part about "most deserving" is how do you quantify it when a team like Bama hasn't played anyone? Anyone can get amped up and play out of their minds for one game, especially if that game is a rivalry. That's why it's so difficult to definitively conclude that Bama being close to LSU = Bama being really good. I mean, Miami being close to Florida doesn't mean Miami is any good. SC beating Georgia doesn't mean SC isn't a raging dumpster fire of a football team. Why should that logic automatically be applied to Bama?
I understand that history tells us Bama is probably good, and because of that history, it's easy to assume that Bama is probably better than Oregon, Oklahoma, Minnesota, and Utah. But what has Bama done this year to prove that? It has to be more than scoring a last-minute garbage touchdown against LSU to make that game seem closer than it really was. History can be deceiving and unless Bama can definitively prove that they're better than those other teams on a consistent basis by actually beating someone of relevance, I don't believe it should automatically be assumed. They've done absolutely nothing this year to warrant that assumption.
It’s a double edged sword though. You have to play against better competition to play the whole game. And if you’re playing against better competition, your stats probably don’t look as good. Not saying that he still would have incredible stats, he would. But against better competition, the completion percentage inevitably goes down, and the INTs go up.
They were shootouts because all the teams in question have ass defenses...
I agree... just without spelling skills...
Agreed. I keep thinking back to what another coach said earlier this year about how playing Ohio state was like playing at recess and OSU had the first 85 picks. This is like that, except OSU got to import high school kids into the elementary recess.
We all know OSU, LSU, and Clemson are 1-3. Rank the rest:
a) beat #4, no losses, SOS = 82
b) beat no one, no losses SOS = 65
c) beat no one, lost to a top 15 team, SOS = 24
d) beat no one, lost to a top 25 team, SOS = 49
e) beat #11 and #15, lost to a 4-6 team, SOS = 50
f) beat #14 and #18, lost to a top 15 team, SOS = 39
g) beat no one, lost to a 6-4 team, SOS = 40
h) beat no one, lost to a top 5 team, SOS = 59
Strength of schedule based off last weeks Sagarin rankings.
I guess I’m not sure that Bowen is a guy that gets drafted with his injury history. If he comes back and proves he can stay healthy for another year, maybe he does?
Not sure why people are downvoting you for your opinion, but I couldn’t disagree with you more.
I hope someone in the know can answer this. I also hope someone in there know will read this comment and finally answer my question on if Bowen is eligible for a 6th year. Feel like I bring it up all the time but no one has ever responded.
Umm, you see Clemson jumping us, or you think they should jump us? No hate, but I’m interested in your reasoning why they should be that high?