That said, our decision to drop the Badgers three spots despite their bowl win is in response to the CFP selection committee's irrational exuberance for the Big Ten, which went 3-7 this bowl season. Fleck rowed the boat to a magical season as the Group of 5's best team.The Tigers bounced back from a 1-2 start that imperiled coach Gus Malzahn, but they also symbolize the SEC's slide this season -- see their thorough drubbing at the hands of Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl. While it's unlikely to become a permanent state of affairs, it's fair to say the SEC at present is the Crimson Tide and a nameless supporting cast. Still, they were unable to make a louder statement against Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl, losing 24-16.Maybe it's an emotional reaction to the Trojans winning truly one of the most entertaining games you'll ever, ever see -- a 52-49 thriller over Penn State in the Rose Bowl, decided on the last play -- but we're promoting the Trojans over two playoff teams.Only Alabama and Oklahoma can eclipse USC's nine-game winning streak, which also includes a win over Washington and a team that beat Ohio State (Penn State). Firefox is made with you in mind and gives you the power to take back control of your Web experience.Every time.- Easily access shortcuts to search providers including Wikipedia, Twitter and Amazon.Not only do we now have two finalists for the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T and a clear No. That means we can rework the speculation of the final CFP rankings into something that is (slightly) more objective, as the two human polls will do on Jan. So here's a reranking of the 12 teams selected for the New Year's Six bowls. ET, ESPN/ESPN App) between Alabama and Clemson, we also have a completed season for everyone else. 4, when the CFP selection committee laid out the semifinals and the rest of the New Year's Six bowls, decisions that weren't devoid of controversy at the time.
Here's a guess we're not the only ones whose opinions of this team are higher today after a bowl loss than they were before the Nittany Lions took on USC. Making a distinction between Ohio State and Washington is difficult, particularly with the Big Ten and Pac-12 being mostly bad-to-mediocre in the postseason and both teams getting whipped in CFP semifinals.The edge here comes down to the major criticism of the Huskies all season: their nonconference schedule.You can't ignore that the Buckeyes posted the most impressive nonconference victory this year: a blowout win at Oklahoma, the Big 12 and Sugar Bowl champ.You'll note the considerable space here between the No. It was a competitive game but one that seemed to never truly be in doubt.Western Michigan had only 280 total yards, 217 below its season average.