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Overall Rationale:

Rank Team Reason
1 Georgia Bulldogs
2 Ohio State Buckeyes Ohio St's win against a top-10 Sparty was statistically more impressive than UGA's win against Charleston Southern. Yikes.
3 Cincinnati Bearcats
4 Alabama Crimson Tide It's a testament to how dominant Saban's tenure has been that this is among his worst Alabama teams and the playoff committee still seems committed to sneaking them in even if they lose in Atlanta. A&M outschemed them brilliantly. A one-score win against Arkansas shows a lot more cause for concern, especially given how utterly pedestrian UGA made Arky look earlier in the season. Bama is still a playoff-caliber team. They're just not as good as they usually are.
5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Notre Dame and being highly ranked despite being somewhat underwhelming to the eye test: name a more iconic duo.
6 Michigan Wolverines
7 Oklahoma State Cowboys
8 Ole Miss Rebels *train noises*
9 Baylor Bears Dave Aranda's done a tremendous job at Baylor and smart schools should have him short-listed. Meanwhile I expect Baylor to give him a massive extension to profit off of any moves he does make.
10 Oklahoma Sooners
11 Oregon Ducks
12 Michigan State Spartans I expected Sparty to have a come-back-to-Earth game against Ohio St. I did not expect Ohio St to win by 48 points.
13 BYU Cougars
14 Texas A&M Aggies
15 UTSA Roadrunners
16 Utah Utes
17 Iowa Hawkeyes
18 Wisconsin Badgers
19 Houston Cougars
20 Pittsburgh Panthers
21 Wake Forest Demon Deacons
22 San Diego State Aztecs
23 Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns
24 NC State Wolfpack
25 Clemson Tigers I almost put Clemson higher here. It's a testament to Dabo that a 3-loss Clemson team that could still win the ACC is considered such a shocking disappointment. One of their losses came in week 1 against a UGA team that's setting records for defensive play. Yes, they have 2 losses against less-than-elite ACC opposition, but they also just beat no 10 Wake head-to-head. Rumors of Clemson's demise have been greatly exaggerated.

Submitted: Tue 23 Nov 2021 13:18