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College Football Playoff: Teams that Didn't Make the Cut
Dec 29, 2018 at 03:20 AM

The Quick Facts

University of Central Florida (12-0)

  • 8-0 in the American Athletic Conference, Conference Champion
  • 25 game win streak

Ohio State (12-1):

  • Lost at Purdue on October 20th, 20-49
  • 8-1 in Big Ten Conference, Conference Champion

Michigan (10-2):

  • Lost at Notre Dame on September 1st, 17-24
  • Lost at Ohio State on November 24th, 39-62
  • 8-1 in Big Ten Conference

Georgia Bulldogs (11-2):

  • Lost to Alabama on December 1st, 28-35, in the SEC Championship
  • Lost at LSU on October 13th, 16-36

Food For Thought

Did the Selection Committee mess up?

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Orlando Sentinel

World has changed since UCF’s last loss, but CFP hasn’t

David Whitley
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David Whitley makes this case for UCF's inclusion in the College Football Playoff:

  • The UCF Knights haven't lost a football game in 719 days, but somehow, they still aren't viewed as "good enough to crack the four-team College Football Playoff."
  • The Selection Committee once again used the same tired arguments to justify the Knights' exclusion. How long can arguments using the phrase "weak schedule" hold up?
  • The truth is, the system is rigged against any team that doesn't come from a Power Five conference. The Committee's obsession with the SEC is unfair and exhausting, and until things change, the UCF Knights will just have to keep winning.

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Detroit Free Press

Michigan football would get new life in 16-team College Football Playoff

Jeff Seidel
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Jeff Seidel of the Detroit Free Press uses these sorts of arguments to make the case for a bigger playoff field:

  • The current format for the College Football Playoff "isn't enough." 4 teams is not enough; a 16-team field would be much, much better.
  • People who argue that such a system would involve too many games seem to forget that Division III has a 32-team field, Division II has a 28-team field, and the FCS level has a 24-team field. If they can figure it out, FBS can too.
  • Such a format would "give a team like Michigan a chance for redemption after that horribly disappointing game at Ohio State. Suddenly, the Wolverines would be on a Revenge Tour, Part II."

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Athens Banner-Herald

Georgia can’t crack College Football Playoff, headed to Sugar Bowl

Marc Weiszer
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Marc Weiszer makes these types of arguments in the Athens Banner-Herald:

  • If the College Football Playoff selection committee wanted to include the four best teams, Georgia would have made the cut. The Bulldogs nearly beat Alabama in the SEC Championship, proving that they can hang head-to-head with anyone.
  • Still, it's hard to make the playoff without winning a conference championship. Georgia's 20-point loss to LSU earlier in the season was also a huge blemish on the resume.
  • Georgia fans aren't going to "cry over spilt milk." Instead, they'll have to reload and give it another shot next year.

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The Columbus Dispatch

Buckeyes learned not all losses are equal

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Rob Oller makes offers these sorts of perspectives in The Columbus Dispatch:

  • Ohio State had some hugely impressive wins, but unfortunately, "they become negligible when viewed in the harsh light of having lost to an unranked opponent."
  • Buckeye fans can't really argue with the selection decision, given the terrible loss to Purdue. The committee made it crystal clear that a big loss to an unranked team is an unforgivable sin.
  • Maybe, the lesson for the Buckeyes moving forward is to "switch to a prevent defense to keep the margin of defeat to a minimum." They can't afford another loss like the one to Purdue next year.

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