The College Football Playoff selection committee revealed its first CFP rankings of the 2022 campaign on Tuesday. We’re quickly approaching the college football playoff and the bracket is beginning to take shape. Exciting action awaits as each passing Saturday gains influence. Securing positive results is of the utmost importance.
The first of six rankings to determine this season’s four-team playoff has been released. It’s nitpicking time. We’ve identified four programs that are ranked too high or low in the committee’s initial CFP rankings.
TOO LOW: GEORGIA BULLDOGS (No. 3)
What exactly have the 8-0 defending champion Bulldogs done to deserve falling outside the top two? The Bulldogs are a victim of their own success. A dominant opening-day 49-3 victory over the eighth-ranked Oregon Ducks qualifies as Georgia’s most impressive victory this season, but the committee has found cracks in their armor.
Disregarding that Oregon victory, Georgia’s opponents are currently a combined 22-26. A four-point win over Missouri (26-22) in early October further weakens Georgia’s resume. The Bulldogs can only play against the opponents on their schedule and they’re being unfairly judged by the committee.
Saturday’s contest against the top-seed Tennessee Volunteers looms large. The Bulldogs could catapult themselves back to the top with a convincing win over the undefeated Volunteers. A dominant defense spearheaded by Jalen Carter may be Tennessee’s biggest test of the season. It’s must-watch television.
TOO HIGH: CLEMSON TIGERS (No. 4)
The 8-0 Tigers claimed the fourth spot in the CFP rankings. Dabo Swinney’s squad hasn’t passed the eye test this season despite their undefeated standing. Clemson is a paper-thin contender.
One-score victories over Wake Forest, Florida State, and Syracuse revealed Clemson’s weaknesses. Starting quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei continues to struggle while battling the same bouts of inaccuracy and erratic decision-making that marred his 2021 campaign. In Clemson’s latest showing, Uiagalelei completed just 13-of-21 passing attempts for 138 yards, zero touchdowns, and two interceptions.
Clemson’s perfect record forced the committee to treat the Tigers with respect. The Tigers aren’t legitimate contenders to hoist this season’s College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy. We see through them.
TOO LOW: ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE (No. 6)
Alabama is the lone program ranked in the top seven to feature a tangible blemish on its resume. The Crimson Tide are even ranked ahead of the 8-0 TCU Horned Frogs (No. 7).
Alabama was caught slipping by the surging Volunteers, who defeated them 52-49 in a mid-October thriller. Starting quarterback Bryce Young was questionable for that contest and was outdueled by Volunteers quarterback Hendon Hooker. Does anyone really believe the Crimson Tide won’t qualify for the playoff though?
Alabama’s margin for error disappeared in the wake of that defeat to Tennessee. The Crimson Tide must run the table by claiming victories over LSU, Ole Miss, Austin Peay, and Auburn before entering a potentially fate-deciding contest in the SEC Championship Game. We wouldn’t write off Nick Saban’s squad.
TOO HIGH: LSU TIGERS (No. 10)
LSU is the lone two-loss program (6-2) ranked inside the top 10—they’re placed ahead of the 8-1 Ole Miss Rebels (No. 11) and 7-1 UCLA Bruins (No. 12).
The Tigers began their campaign with a one-point defeat to the unranked Florida State Seminoles. They claimed a four-point victory over Auburn in October and were blown out by Tennessee (40-13) the following weekend. A 10-point victory over Anthony Richardson and the Florida Gators improved LSU’s resume, as did a dominant 45-20 showing over Ole Miss.
The Tigers may be exposed during Saturday’s home showdown against Alabama. A defeat would drop LSU to a pedestrian 6-3. Head coach Brian Kelly hasn’t catapulted his Tigers to legitimate postseason contention.
- Dec 06, 2022
- Dec 06, 2022