Holohan: TCU was wronged

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Let’s all be very clear from the onset — I am from Nebraska. I don’t have a horse in the running for the College Football Playoffs, and I am as excited as anyone for the pair of dream matchups that the selection committee has provided us as college football fans and writers.

Oregen versus Florida State?

A matchup that will more than likely pit the last two Heisman winners in Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota against one another?

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Perfect. Who wouldn’t want to watch that?

Then there’s Alabama versus Ohio State. The No. 1 team in the land versus a Buckeye team led by their third-string quarterback who was spectacular in his first career start last Saturday in the Big 10 championship against Wisconsin.

Again, I’m salivating just thinking about it.

But as great as this inaugural playoff is bound to be, I have one issue.

Ohio State, though I’m as excited as anyone to see Cardale Jones against the vaunted Alabama defense, has absolutely zero business being in the final four.


Now, let’s be clear on one more thing. I am not a Baylor or TCU fan.

I am simply someone who has a huge problem with the process and dangerous precedent the College Football Playoff selection committee has created in its first year of deciding a national champion.

These were the selection committee’s rankings prior to Saturday’s games: No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Oregon, No. 3 TCU, No. 4 Florida State, No. 5 Ohio State and No. 6 Baylor.

If you’re TCU, you have to think that a win gets you in, right? There’s no way a victory Saturday could result in you dropping two spots in the poll.

But sure enough, come Sunday, that’s exactly what happened.

And here is that dangerous precedent that the selection committee set Sunday: a 52-point win is no longer good enough to cement your place in the rankings.

Am I to understand that a team can drop three spots by winning 55-3? Really?

It seems to me, then, that there really was no point to the weekly cash cow of a show every Tuesday on ESPN to release the new week’s batch of rankings.

Tell me, selection committee, was this your plan all along? What is the point of ranking teams throughout the season if at the end, their positions in the polls bear no weight on the final outcome?

In what kind of crazy, twisted world does dropping half a hundred on an opponent result in a team being penalized by falling out of title contention?

What’s more, the Horned Frogs were jumped by an Ohio State team who plays in the Big 10, an arguably weaker division than the Big 12.

Ohio State, like TCU, has one loss on the season.

TCU lost to No. 6 Baylor.

Oh and Ohio State? They just lost to a 6-6 Virgina Tech team at home.

Something doesn’t seem equal.

Would it help TCU if their jerseys read “Texas” or “Oklahoma” instead? Part of me believes so.

This all seems like some fishy effort by ESPN, who is airing the playoffs, to cash in on marquee names rather than the most deserving teams.

And as I continued to watch the selection show Sunday, I kept thinking to myself, “Someone on this show has to have some issue with TCU dropping from the top four.”

But sure enough, everyone on ESPN lauded Ohio State as one of the best teams in the country while giving absolutely zero mention to TCU or Baylor.

Someone please tell me how Ohio State is more deserving than TCU.

Again, no one is more excited for the early January madness that will be a college football playoff than me.

But something just doesn’t seem right.

I can’t be the only one who thinks that, can I?