First, I should have realized ND was the other team you had in the rankings.
Second, regarding Stanford-MSU, it was Oregon I was referencing, not NW.
My pointing out of ND’s struggles was just to show that the two close losses weren’t their only close games they had throughout the year. Had they played another opponent besides UVA on that particular day (say Tennessee) and performed exactly as they did, they may not have won.
I just realized last night that UNC has not played a team that is ranked, and Pitt is their best win. That is a season very similar to KU’s from ’07 without the loss being to a good team. If they should beat Cleson, give them a NYD bowl, but I hope they aren’t included in a playoff.
As for the Pac-12, I’m not really sure what to say. One week a team would handily beat another, the next, something similar would happen to them. Looking at results for the 5 teams with the best conference records, 4 of them lost a game OOC (including to Portland State). Doesn’t mean the conference is bad, but it does mean it isn’t head and shoulders above every other conference like the SEC has been in some past seasons.
I just want the four most successful teams playing off. Not every conference needs a rep, and there could be a season where a conference gets two teams in it (go back to LSU and Bama).
I agree tOSU had a bad loss last year and I didn’t want them included. But, after the playoff, they were the most successful team.
Lastly, yes, nobody is getting screwed this year. If some upsets happen this week, someone should just thank their lucky stars for another opportunity.