Well, one thing is for certain, southern teams (SEC and select ACC schools) are going to continue to schedule FCS teams and only play 8 conference games. They are going to do it because they are allowed to get away with it (LSU jumping OSU, etc.). What is mind boggling is how stacked in our favor all of the analytics are. Check out this article from bleacher report: https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2865967-did-the-college-football-playoff-selection-committee-get-it-right
If you don't want to read the whole article, check out this part:
The collection of LSU's five best wins is perhaps a little better than Ohio State's, but the Tigers had to survive shootouts against Alabama and Texas, never pulled away from Auburn, and that 14-point win over Florida was way closer than the final margin suggests. Prior to the win over Georgia, LSU had not soundly beaten a quality opponent.
Was LSU's five-point win at Alabama really that much more impressive than Ohio State's stomping Michigan by 29 in the Big House? Were LSU's close home wins over Florida and Auburn any better than Ohio State's 38-7 drubbing of Wisconsin and its 28-17 win over Penn State?
Did it seriously just come down to LSU's beating Georgia more convincingly than Ohio State's second victory over Wisconsin (its third consecutive game against a Top 15 team)?
Here's the problem with that conclusion: All the metrics say Ohio State is the better team, and by a considerable margin.
ESPN's football power index ranked the Buckeyes at No. 1 with a score of 33.8. LSU was No. 3 at 28.9.
Bill Connelly's SP+ ratings had Ohio State at No. 1 with a score of 35.4. LSU was No. 3 at 31.8.
Jeff Sagarin's ratings put the Buckeyes in the top spot at 106.5. The Tigers were No. 3 at 100.8.
And TeamRankings.com had Ohio State at No. 1 with a rating of 39.8. LSU was, again, No. 3 at 30.0.
The actual numbers aren't important, and we got rid of the BCS for a reason. However, the size of the gaps should have been relevant. The 4.9-point gap between the two programs in the FPI was even larger than the difference between No. 5 Georgia (23.7) and No. 14 Utah (19.7).
That's because Ohio State was the most well-rounded team in the country, playing well on both sides of the ball all season. The Buckeyes rank No. 1 in scoring offense (48.7 points per game) and No. 2 in scoring defense (12.5).
If the committee did make a mistake, at least it's a happy accident. Buckeyes fans won't be pleased, but this College Football Playoff is going to be phenomenal.