College Football Playoff: Preseason rankings, 'eye test' unfairly hindering Minnesota


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Aug 9, 2014
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"The moment we all expected came into fruition on Tuesday night. There’s no need to beat around the bush or bury the lede, the College Football Playoff selection committee, right now, is valuing Alabama’s “good loss” to No. 1 LSU over Minnesota’s great win over No. 9 Penn State.

Right now, the Gophers are rowing as hard as they can, but it’s still not enough to overcome the perception the committee has of the Crimson Tide. It’s the “eye test vs. resumé” debate, and Alabama is reaping the rewards.

Starting at the No. 17 spot a week ago, Minnesota climbed nine spots up to No. 8 in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday, the biggest lunge into the top 10 in the system’s era. A 31-26 victory over then-No. 4 Penn State was enough to show the committee that the Gophers are for real.

It wasn’t enough to pass the likes of the one-loss giants like Alabama, Oregon and Utah......"

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