Deion Sanders weighs in on CFP committee’s controversial decision
Chaos ensued on Sunday as the College Football world was put on life support during the college football playoff committee’s controversial decision. The committee would slide the Alabama Crimson Tide into the fourth slot of the four-team playoff and leave out an undefeated Florida State team, which provoked outrage amongst fans across the country.
Now former Florida State superstar cornerback and current Colorado head coach Deion Sanders weighed in on the committee’s controversial decision to leave out his alma mater.
“I can’t be upset, we recruiting against those guys,” Sanders said on the Dan LeBetard Show, according to On3 Sports. “You got to understand that this is business now. You got to look at it, a lot of people don’t look at it like this is business. This is entertainment but this is business.
“So it’s no way you’re gonna leave Coach Saban and Alabama out of a playoff. Who should be really upset, not only Florida State, but Kirby Smart. He’s been what, No. 1 for the last two years or three years and they’re out? What about them? I mean, this is unbelievable. I want those problems, yeah give me those problems.”
After the Texas Longhorns defeated Oklahoma State in the Big 12 championship 49-21, chaos started to gather around the selection. Earlier this season, Texas defeated an inexperienced Crimson Tide team in Tuscaloosa, though Texas would lose to rival Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry battle. Moving them to a one-loss team.
Alabama would then win out to finish their season at 12-1 behind an 11-game win streak, capped by barely squeaking out a win against a mediocre Auburn Tigers team thanks to a hail mary from Jalen Milroe. On Saturday, Alabama defeated the then-top-ranked Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Title game to evidently punch their ticket to the playoffs.
Sitting at 13-0, both the Washington Huskies and Michigan Wolverines won their conference championships while obtaining an undefeated record. But, one other team achieved the same stature: the Florida State Seminoles.
Unfortunately for Florida State, its season ended three weeks ago. Seminoles star quarterback Jordan Travis suffered a season-ending injury against the North Alabama Lions, a game in which Travis didn’t need to be highly involved in. With Travis out, Florida State’s undefeated season and conference championship victory couldn’t sway the committee to let them into the playoff.
Did the Committee get their own criteria wrong?
The College Football Playoff is supposed to bring the four best teams in the country together to face off. At least, that’s what it’s supposed to do, right? Michigan, Washington, Texas, and Alabama were all selected as the four “best” teams in the country this season.
Texas beat Alabama earlier this season, pushing them ahead of the Crimson Tide in the playoff. But here is where it gets tricky. Alabama turned into a completely different team throughout the season, and Jalen Milroe transformed into a superstar. There is no question Alabama is now a top-4 team in the country, but moving a one-loss Georgia Bulldogs out of the playoff is odd, let alone down to No. 6.
Georgia entered championship weekend regarded as the nation’s top team, losing to Alabama doesn’t instantly make you a top-4 team. Yes, Texas won their conference championship and beat Alabama back in September. But at the end of the day, if Georgia and Alabama played Texas today, it would be a bloodbath. If the college football playoff committee didn’t want to create controversy to lead into the 12-team playoff next year, the rankings should be as followed: Michigan, Washington, Alabama, Georgia.
As Deion Sanders said, it’s not a championship without either Alabama or Georgia.
Those two teams are two of the top teams in the country. Florida State would be in the playoff if it wasn’t for injuries, but we don’t live in a perfect world. The Seminoles’ defense can still play ball with anyone, but with Travis out, they sadly aren’t a top-4 team.
Did the College Football Playoff Committee get the rankings right? Is Sanders right? Let us know in the comments below.
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