CFP selection committee chair Rob Mullens discusses how close Alabama, Utah and Oklahoma are
While there was a shakeup at the top of the College Football Playoff selection committee rankings, the Playoff picture did not change drastically. The top four teams (Ohio State, LSU, Clemson and Georgia) are still in the position of “win and get in.”
Much of the debate centers around what happens if No. 4 Georgia suffers a second loss, which team takes the spot vacated by the Bulldogs. Alabama stayed at No. 5 in the rankings. Oregon was the previous No. 6, but is out of the picture after suffering a second loss, falling on Saturday to Arizona State. New No. 6 Utah and No. 7 Oklahoma figure to be in the mix as both teams have the opportunity to add a conference championship game win to their resumes.
On Tuesday, after the rankings reveal, CFP selection committee chair Rob Mullens held a teleconference with members of the media. He was asked how close the committee sees Alabama, Utah and Oklahoma. Here’s what he said, per the official transcript:
Q: I was curious just how big a gap the Selection Committee believes there is between Alabama, Utah and Oklahoma, like just how close are those teams? Or is there a discernible gap between any series of two of them?
RM: Well, we spent considerable time talking about four through six, four through nine. And again, we’re comparing full resumes. There’s not a metric for closeness. I mean, clearly the committee looks at Georgia with their three wins over top-16 teams, one of them on the road at Auburn, the strength of their defense consistently every week.
Alabama has been dominant with the exception of the loss to LSU. We’re aware of the injuries, as I’ve mentioned.
And Utah, I think I’ve already mentioned on this call, only loss on the road to a ranked opponent when their running back missed the majority of the game.