According to College Football Playoff chairman Gary Barta, you shouldn’t actually watch the football games before making up the rankings on a weekly basis.
Every week, the committee is massively critiqued over their rankings, and this week was no different.
As it stands, undefeated Cincinnati continues to be on the outside looking in to the playoff conversation. But perhaps even more controversial was where the committee has Michigan and Michigan State ranked.
Despite the fact that both teams have one loss, and Michigan State beat their rival, Michigan is still ranked ahead of State in the latest poll.
November 1️⃣6️⃣ #CFBPlayoff Selection Committee Rankings 🏈🏆
7️⃣. Michigan State // @MSU_Football
— College Football Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 17, 2021
When speaking on the situation, Gary Barta had an all-time head scratcher of a quote.
“Set aside watching the games, though that’s certainly a part of it. But statistically in just about every category, offensively and defensively, Michigan comes out on top over Michigan State,” he said.
Gary Barta: "Set aside watching the games, though that’s certainly a part of it. But statistically in just about every category, offensively and defensively, Michigan comes out on top over Michigan State."
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 17, 2021
Barta was immediately trashed for his quote about Michigan and Michigan State.
This is the closest the committee will ever come to just saying “we favor the bigger brand” as we’re gonna get but didn’t everyone already know this was the case? Eat at Arby’s. https://t.co/ShHufWdiau
— Vanderbilt Football is the Pinnacle of tbe Sport (@anchorofgold) November 17, 2021
this is an all-time quote of the College Football Playoff era https://t.co/9cfcTg4LrL
— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) November 17, 2021
So why isn’t Ohio State ranked above Oregon
— noah (@noah161_) November 17, 2021
…. What do you MEAN set aside watching the games?!?! https://t.co/CjYgHPo5iE
— Clown Jags Fan (@IAmZBest) November 17, 2021
Everything matters but strictly the game apparently. https://t.co/lp21zVwMMY
— Big 12 Bart (@S_Bart_14) November 17, 2021
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The only real way for Gary Barta and the College Football Playoffs not to be scrutinized is by expanding to eight teams. And even then, there will likely be teams on the outside looking in who aren’t happy.
But with that being said, Michigan State’s win over Michigan should absolutely get them a higher ranking over the rival, and it did nobody any good that this dude completely put his foot in his mouth when speaking on the issue.
Buckle up, because there’s gonna be so much more College Football Playoff controversy before this year is done.