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Who Needs A Blogpoll: Week 15 - Championship Edition

There are four uncontested conference champions; three left little room that they belong in a playoff. Who knows what in the hell the Big Twelve is doing.

Big Al, living a #blessed life.
Big Al, living a #blessed life.
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Today, at 11:30 central, four teams punch their tickets to the inaugural college football playoffs. Conference champions Alabama and Oregon left absolutely no doubt in blasting good (if not great) opponents into a fine paste. The Ducks and Tide are mortal locks and are your 1 and 2 seeds. The only drama here is their opponents; because, even if the teams exchange seeds, Alabama will play a national semi in the Sugar Bowl and Oregon will play a national semi in the Rose Bowl. And this, of course, takes us to their opponents, and the WNaBP below.

First, is there any doubt, after the last month or so of the season, that Ohio State is not one of the best four teams in the country? Urban Meyer has had to replace not one, but two, Heisman-calibre quarterbacks, and not only have the Buckeyes responded, but they have improved. Just an impressive job. Florida State moves in on the overall strength of the schedule. They've not been particularly impressive, and last night was no different. However, the overall grind of the ACC schedule is better than a Big Twelve slate, and unlike the Horned Frogs and Bears, the Seminoles won out.

Why leave out TCU and Baylor then? It's really very simple. The Committee has been consistent that it prefers a quality overall schedule and quality wins. Losses don't seem to perturb them that much -nor, in the case of the Buckeyes, should it. The Ohio State Buckeyes we've seen in October and November are not the same Buckeyes that lost fifteen weeks ago. With respect to BU/TCU, the Big Twelve has just been dead weight around their necks, and neither have an out-of-conference schedule sufficient to compensate for that. Both were placed on the map largely on the strength of beating Oklahoma. That's well and good, but Oklahoma finished 8-4, and went 5-4 in the conference. That helmet value isn't so great. Both beat Kansas State at home. Big deal: Auburn did the same, but on the road. If we're talking about best overall win, and that seems to be the committee's focus, then two things jump out. 1. Baylor has the better win. 2. That win happens to be a head-to-head victory over TCU. Despite Big Twelve agitprop to the contrary, the Baylor Bears are your 2014 Big Twelve champions.

This brings me to my final point. There is one true champion in the ACC, SEC, PAC 12 and Big Ten. Those winners are decided on a neutral field, pitting two ranked teams, with no bye week to prepare, after a full conference slate. Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State, and Oregon took care of their business in yet another difficult test, and in an additional game that Baylor and TCU simply did not have to prepare for. Because conference depth matters, because head-to-head matters, because the 13th game against a quality opponent matters, a pox on both the Horned Frogs and Bears.

Rank

Team

Last Week

1

Alabama Crimson Tide

1

2

Oregon Ducks

2

3

Ohio State Buckeyes

T-6

4

Florida State Seminoles

5

5

Baylor Bears

4

6

TCU Horned Frogs

3

7

Mississippi State Bulldogs

T-6

8

Ole Miss Rebels

11

9

Michigan State Spartans

8

10

Georgia Bulldogs

13

11

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

10

12

LSU Tigers

16

13

Kansas State Wildcats

12

14

Clemson Tigers

19

15

Colorado State Rams

17

16

Arizona Wildcats

9

17

UCLA Bruins

18

18

Memphis Tigers

21

19

Wisconsin Badgers

7

20

Arizona State Dun Devils

22

21

Missouri Tigers

15

22

USC Trojans

23

23

Auburn Tigers

25

24

Louisville Cardinals

-

25

UAB Blazers / Boise State Broncos

- / 24

Requiescat in pace, Blazers.