Latest CFP rankings show November losses are no longer worse than September ones
Once upon a time, in a time before ESPN3 and Twitter and drawn-out rankings shows with dramatic music, it didn't just matter who you lost to. It mattered when you lost.
A September defeat wasn't as important to voters as a November defeat. Or as Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher put it this week, "They remember November."
Those days are gone, as we learned last night when the College Football Playoff selection committee released its latest set of rankings.
Michigan stayed at No. 3, despite losing Saturday to Iowa. Clemson stayed in the top four, too, despite a loss to Pitt. Louisville (whose sole defeat came on Oct. 1) is on the outside looking in. One-loss West Virginia is at No. 14, below seven teams with worse records, after its only defeat came last month.
I always thought the idea of moving a team down just because it lost late was kind of silly. A touchdown is worth six points whether it happens on the first play of the game or the last one, right? Why should a loss be any different?
The committee clearly agrees. Chair Kirby Hocutt used the phrase "complete resume" four times on his teleconference last night. It's just another reminder that the old way of thinking is gone.