I don't honestly believe FSU is being singled out, but I do take issue with ignorance in general and when the chair of the selection committee doesn't know how many wins over ranked opponents a team has, that's a problem (for those scoring at home, Florida State has three wins over ranked opponents: Clemson, Notre Dame and Louisville).
And since when was a loss not a loss? That's the great thing about sports: it's pretty black and white. Arguments can be made regarding injuries or penalties or weather deciding games, but when it comes down to it, if the margin was that thin, well, maybe if you'd been a better team, it wouldn't have been that close.
To cite Oregon being without LT Jake Fisher as an excuse to dismiss their one loss from consideration is ludicrous and a real thing I heard someone say on a major sports network this afternoon. FSU has been without their starting senior center since early October and yet I'm sure no excuses would have been made for the 'Noles had they lost one of those games.
I cite FSU because that's what I'm most familiar with. I'm a fan of the team, I'm a student there, I know our squad and our situation. The problem I have here is not that I feel there's a concerted effort to diminish Florida State's accomplishments, but that there seems to be fallacies in logic occurring already with a system that was supposed to solve problems, not create them.
For example, TCU (who I really like and believe to be a great football team) is currently ranked ahead of Baylor, a team with an identical record to whom the Horned Frogs lost. Wait, what? I understand that these rankings aren't final, but imagine if this is how things stood in the last week of the season. Wouldn't that be absurd?
I don't mean this to be a "The Sky is Falling" word vomit, but more of a gut reaction. After all, this is only the third week of the rankings and things will likely sort themselves out by the time we get to December. But what if they don't? What if we are, as we have been in past years, left with an imperfect solution to a challenging problem? It can't be fair to everyone, but the fact that it's unfair to everyone doesn't make it any easier to stomach.
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