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Elite Points

 


(Team colors indicate an Elite Program. Under Program Score, green equals an increase in rank and red indicates a drop in rank this year. Further explanation and analysis is at the bottom.)

Now that a 4 team playoff has replaced the BCS Championship Game, the method of opportunities at the highest level has changed and we are seeing a different burden of proof for the CFP Playoff Committee. So here, we’re looking at how they are seeding and how they pick that 4th Team. Before I reveal the Elite Points Standings for the 2018 Season, let’s look back and compare the CFP Playoff committee’s selections and seeding with the Elite Points (EP) Standings at the time.

2014

  • Playoff Teams: 1. Alabama 12-1 (EP #2), 2. Oregon 12-1 (EP #10), 3.Florida State 13-0 (EP #1), Ohio State 12-1 (EP #5)
  • Left Out: 5. Baylor 11-1 (EP #21), 6. TCU 11-1 (EP #23)

The higher team in EP (Ohio State) got in over the lower 2 teams in EP. I think most people knew that FSU was not that good this year, but undefeated defending NC = Automatic. Ohio State got in over Baylor and TCU because “the Big 12 doesn’t have a championship game.” Riiiight.

2015

  • Playoff Teams: 1. Clemson 13-0 (EP #25), 2. Alabama 12-1 (EP #2) 3. Michigan State 12-1 (EP #10) 4. Oklahoma 11-1 (EP #7)
  • Left Out: 5. Iowa 12-1 (EP #38) 6. Stanford 11-2 (#11)

The higher team in EP (Oklahoma) got in over the lower 2 teams in EP. The committee must’ve forgotten that the Big 12 doesn’t have a championship game.

2016

  • Playoff Teams: 1. Alabama 13-0 (EP #1), 2. Clemson 12-1 3. Ohio State 11-1 (EP #2) 4. Washington 12-1 (EP #40)
  • Left Out: 5. Penn State 11-2 (EP #37), 6. Michigan 10-2 (EP #23)

This year may be the most telling, except that the issue happened at the #3 seed, not the #4. Non-division winner, Ohio State, got in over Big 10 Champion, Penn State, whom they lost to on the field. Then, on top of that, they are the #3 seed over Pac 12 Conference Champion, Washington. Of course, Clemson 31, Ohio State 0.

2017

  • Playoff Teams: 1. Clemson (EP #2 tie) 2. Oklahoma (EP #4) 3. Georgia (EP #14) 4. Alabama (EP #1)
  • Left Out: 5. Ohio State (EP #2 tie), 6. Wisconsin (EP #33)

Non-division winner, Alabama, in the exact same position that Ohio State was in the previous year, gets in over Big 10 Champion, Ohio State. Do you want to have to make sense of that logic?