What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions
You heard it here first. The new College Football Playoff poll is just another stupid poll put together by people who think they know something about college football. Any list proclaiming to tell you who is good in college football this year which includes Notre Dame in the top ten is simply fraudulent. It’s pretty obvious this committee wants Notre Dame in the play-off regardless of whether they belong there.
First, here’s the official Dubsism CFB Playoff Rankings.
Now, let’s take a hard look at the rationales behind this list.
1) No Won-Loss Records
Why didn’t I list teams won-loss records? Because I don’t care about them. They are a notoriously poor tool for comparing teams on a national scale because teams don’t play the same competition.
2) I’m Not a “Strength of Schedule” Hypocrite
Specifically, I’m talking about the mind-set which decries that teams who play a conference schedule enjoy a lot of “cream puffs.” The part those people never mention is that in order to win one of those conferences, eventually you have to beat one of the “big dogs.” Want to win the B1G Ten? At some point you have to beat Ohio State. Want to win the SEC? At s some point, you have to beat Alabama. Did you ever notice nobody ever applies this standard to Notre Dame?
Think about it.
I don’t know how they do it, but in recent years when they are highly-ranked, Notre Dame always manages not to have to beat that “big dog.” The best example is the 2012 team which made it to the National Championship game. While the Irish were getting fat on the likes of Purdue and the ghost of Miami football, nobody had any idea that Oklahoma, Stanford and USC were all dreadful. The first time they ran up against a “big dog” in Alabama, they got chomped.
If you want to see a repeat of 2012 this year, just put Notre Dame in the play-off, because there is simply no way Notre Dame can compete with pretty much ANY team I ranked ahead of them. If you doubt that, don’t forget the Irish were ranked ahead of Clemson when they lost to the Tigers in Death Valley.
3) This List is About Who I Think Can Beat Who
It’s really that simple. Line ’em up and see who wins, and this list is who I think does just that. I don’t care about won-loss records because what a team did three weeks ago doesn’t necessarily represent what they do tomorrow, because great teams make adjustments. I don’t give a shit about the politics of college football, which means there’s no quotas based on conference alignments, regional preferences, TV audience potential, or any other not-on-the-field criteria. If I thought Washington State could beat Alabama, I’d rank them #1.
But they can’t. I don’t think anybody can. That why I have the Tide at the top. In my opinion, the two best teams in the country played last Saturday, Alabama and LSU. Just because Alabama won handily doesn’t mean LSU isn’t good; but it can very much mean the Tide are that much better than everybody else. On top of that, nobody behind LSU did anything to make me think they could beat the Tigers, hence why they remain at #2 on my list. Likewise, all the Clemson fans who are going to come after me with their torches and pitchforks need to realize that I would have never put them number one in ANY poll because beating an over-rated Notre Dame and a down-trodden Florida State is not what championships are made of.
4) Don’t Like My List? Tell Me Yours
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Lastly, how awesome would a Washington State-Alabama championship game be? The “Mike Price Swiping a Credit Card in a Stripper’s Ass-Crack” jokes damn near write themselves.