Only one problem with that for the committee: How do you demote TCU completely out of it from 3rd, when they smashed Iowa State (2-10) by 50+ points? How do you say Baylor should not be in when they are the only team that beat one of the top four teams left? How can you say Ohio State should be out when they beat a top 20 team 59-0 with their third string QB playing?
Easy: Those teams LOST to teams going nowhere. Virginia Tech, a non-conference opponent beats Ohio State at home? Baylor lost to a seven-win team (West Virginia). Let us not forget the so-called Big 12 does not have a conference championship game, a game fraught with risk. If TCU had held onto their lead against Baylor … a 21-point lead … the final four would be a lock. But it isn’t. And that game, ending in a 61-58 Baylor win, makes it look like both teams are incomplete. Giving up 58 points in a win isn’t exactly stellar.
I think it would be cool to have a play-in game in one of the minor bowls, but that’s not going to happen. Tradition and bowl matchups mean something to this committee. Says here the top four are going to be Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State and Florida State. That makes the Sugar Bowl Alabama vs Florida State, the Rose Oregon and Ohio State. Perfect. Tradition, quality regional matchups and lots of eyeballs on TV screens. Reality check, no one wants to see Baylor or TCU. Lets face it, the greatest player in Baylor’s history is on the verge of getting his coach fired in Washington. The best known player currently playing in the NFL from TCU is Andy Dalton. Enough said.