fun hypothetical chaos for the playoffs
12-1 Georgia (w/ SEC Championship)
12-1 Michigan (w/ Big Ten Championship)
12-1 Oklahoma (w/ Big 12 Championship)
13-0 Clemson (w/ ACC Championship)
12-0 Notre Dame
that is a possible way to end the season. it won't happen because this is CFB
but lets say it does. you are on the committee and you get to vote. who are your top 4 in that situation and why?
I leave Alabama and Notre Dame out.
Alabama would have the most recent loss and it would be at a neutral site. And their overall SoS is comparable or weaker than the 4 teams I would have in but Alabama would be without a conference championship. If their SoS was drastically higher then that might change something but it isn't
I leave Notre Dame out because it's schedule is not as tough enough to overcome a lack of a conference championship game in the above scenario.
I would have the remaining 4 teams in due to SoS, conference championship (though I do not think it is a prereq it is a nice bonus point when things are equal),
For reference, per Sagarin, the current SoS for the above 6 teams is:
Notre Dame 46th
Also, Sagarin's SoS is updated weekly. So it is only based on games played up to this point. As the season continues, and conference championship games are played, SoS for those teams could change. And if so my vote could change. And of course there are other SoS rankings out there. The one I like the most is S&P+ resume. Same disclosure above about changing but this is how it currently looks:
Notre Dame 53rd
But there is a lot of discretion here and not sure any top 4 would be "wrong" as long as it included Clemson. I think they are the only true lock in the above scenario. It is possible any of the other 5 make up the remaining 3 spots. But I am on record that I think Alabama would be outside looking in in the above scenario and I stand by it.