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College Football Playoff Poll Watch: What Else Can Wisconsin and Miami Do?

At some point, winning games should matter

The College Football Playoff selection committee met up again this week and released its second ranking of the 2017 season. For the most part, it was an uneventful affair with few — if any — surprises. There were, however, some items of interest worthy of conversation.

 

What more can Miami and Wisconsin do?

Both of these programs play in Power 5 conferences. Both of these programs are undefeated. Both of these programs are looking up in the rankings at four teams with losses on their resumes.

 

What gives?

 

I get that we want the best teams in the final four and there is still a lot of football left to be played. What I don't get is how Miami and Wisconsin can handle everything on their schedules and still be on the outside looking in. Miami is coming off a sound win over a very good Virginia Tech team, after weeks of people (myself included) clamoring that Mark Richt's (above, right) Hurricanes haven't played anyone. Well, now they have. It's time time to move them up into contention. After Saturday's game against Notre Dame, the committee may not have a choice.

 

As far as Wisconsin goes, you need to look past who the Badgers have or have not played. Look at how they win. Their average margin of victory is 22.7 points per game. I don't care if they play a slate of full of Division II teams, that's an impressive number and sooner or later it must be recognized.

 

Iowa impressed the committee

They've said from the start that this playoff system is about the eye test. The Hawkeyes passed with flying colors in their blowout win over Ohio State last weekend. Now, keep an eye on what happens should Iowa beat Wisconsin and Ohio State lose to Michigan State. I'll be interested to see if the Hawkeyes end up ranked above the Buckeyes — as they should be — if that scenario plays out.

 

Why is LSU still ranked?

The Tigers got boat-raced by Mississippi State, lost to Troy and were handled by Alabama (as many do). What makes them better than Northwestern, Stanford or Arizona?

 

The Group of 5 needs its own championship

Teams win and move up. Teams lose and move down. UCF wins a tough one on the road, stays unbeaten and doesn't budge. If I'm the Group of 5, I get together and form a separate level of football where those teams can play for a national title instead of a charity appearance in the New Year's Six. It reminds me of the famous quote from Animal Farm: "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."

 

— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. His work has appeared on SI.com, FoxSports.com, Yahoo!, SBNation and Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.

 

(Top photo courtesy of @BadgerFootball)

Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 22:36

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