Spoiler alert — the Texas A&M football team will almost definitely not be listed in the top ten of the College Football Playoff rankings, the first of which will be released later tonight. The first show displaying the College Football Playoff Rankings Show will be tonight at 7 PM EST (6 PM CST).
If I had to guess where the Aggies will land, I’d say that they’ll end up in a similar position as they are in the AP Poll. The poll released yesterday afternoon has Texas A&M ranked in the 13th spot, a couple of positions lower than I had anticipated.
Will the College Football Playoff committee be more forgiving of the Aggies’ two losses? I’m not totally sure, but I think the argument is there for this team to be in the top ten.
The Texas A&M football team is one of few squads in the country that has proven that it can knock off a top-ranked opponent
I’m tired of talking about it and you’re probably tired of hearing about it. But in order to get to the basis of my argument here, I have to say it again — the Texas A&M football team knocked off a No. 1-ranked Alabama team that still looks like one of the best squads in the country.
I’d like to sit here and say more about this A&M football team — I could mention their two dominant wins that followed — but none of that matters. The only thing that should matter here is that Texas A&M beat Alabama. THE Alabama.
To follow that win, they kept playing consistent football and look like an entirely different team than in the first few weeks of the season. This leads me to the most important question and one that I’ve already asked.
What is the College Football Playoff committee looking for, exactly? They could rank teams like Michigan, Notre Dame, or Oklahoma State higher, but none of these teams have proven that they can hang with top-level college football squads.
Meanwhile, you have two teams in Oregon and Texas A&M who have looked bad this year but, in my opinion, would make for much better challengers to Georgia in the College Football Playoff than an unproven one-loss team. They have shown that they’re ready to compete with the best squads in college football.
To be honest, I’m not even sure what I’m arguing for in the immediate future. As a two-loss team, I can’t see A&M landing anywhere higher than the eight or nine spot — even that would be shocking. I’m simply stating that this argument should be the driving factor in the committee’s decision down the road.
I can count on a single hand the teams that fall under the same category as Oregon and Texas A&M. Once again, I ask the all-important question. Is the committee looking for the best resumes or the most competitive teams?
The Aggies will have a month to prove themselves.