Yahoo Sports' Dan Wetzel, Ross Dellenger and Pat Forde of Sports Illustrated look ahead to conference championship weekend and how the CFP committee will handle selecting the four schools who will play it out for the national championship. Hear the full conversation on the “College Football Enquirer” podcast - and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen.
DAN WETZEL: Herb Street said it. I think I saw Joel Klatt say it. A lot of voices saying it. It's supposed to be the top four teams. The four best teams are what the committee is supposed to put into the playoff.
Over the last nine years, we have not seen that be the case. They have not chosen the best four teams, and it all centers around whether Florida State, if they get the 13-0, deserves in, or it's just a downer of this great year. We have four teams that are potentially capable of winning this national championship, and we don't want to see one that no one thinks can.
So there's a lot of backlash to Florida State. What are your thoughts on this that, yes, should it be the four best? Or is the committee, by ignoring that through the years and going, basically, with resume, doing it right? What do you think? Pat?
PAT FORDE: I think we'd all like to see the four best teams, but I also like to see teams rewarded for excellent regular seasons for scheduling well, for challenging themselves, and performing. And if you say, well, clearly, look, Michigan's a better team than TCU, right? If they had come down to one's in and one's out, oh, Michigan's better than TCU.
Well, what happened on the field? TCU beat them. So you get into some of these, well, we know this team is better than that team, because we just know. Is that what we're, basically, boiling this down to? So I think you have to reward resume.
Now, the Florida State thing really is tricky. It really is, because they are probably going to put a diminished product out there. But, man, if they beat Louisville, and they're 13-0, and they took on LSU, and they won that game, and they went into Death Valley, and they beat Clemson, it's tough to leave them out.
At the same time, if it comes down to leaving out an SEC champion with one loss and letting Florida State in, that's a tough one to swallow. I don't know. I mean, I could see all sides of it, but I lean more toward reward the teams that put together the resume to get there.
ROSS DELLENGER: Yeah, I feel the same way. The games on the field have got to matter. You know, I think it was-- I'm reminded, I think, it was last year. Remember, Nick Saban was on that media campaign about citing Vegas odds and the point spread on Alabama's games against teams ranked above Alabama.
What are we doing? I mean, the number one thing has got to be what happened on the field. Now, I just really want us to move away from counting on a group of mostly athletic administrators, because they have an unenviable job. And it's a thankless position to be in to have to choose four teams out of all these schools that play such different schedules. So, hopefully, an expanded playoff will put it into some of this.