They are at least conference champs which Notre Dame is not and Cincinnati has a comparable probable better resume than Ohio State and played 3 more games. So deserves maybe earned probably in Cincinnati's case. At the end of the day it's a TV show not a playoff.
He has a point the system is a joke and it's always been a joke. As long as we have a committee and we pick teams like this is ice-skating, synchronized swimming or any other sport without a scoreboard it will remain a joke.