ESPN expert Heather Dinich says Clemson shouldn’t expect boost in CFP rankings for being defending champs
Clemson made history last year as the first 15-0 team in college football since the turn of the 20th century. The Tigers haven’t lost yet this year either and have extended their winning streak to 22 games.
But ESPN’s College Football Playoff reporter Heather Dinich says what happened last season and the winning streak won’t matter when it comes to the College Football Playoff rankings.
“They (committee members) are not supposed to care (about last year),” she told ESPN personality Paul Finebaum on Thursday. “Now, I can’t put myself in the head of all those 13 people and say whether or not it’s influencing them. But based on all the committee members that I’ve talked to who have been on the committee in the past and the people who are familiar with what goes on in that room, it doesn’t matter.”
The College Football Playoff system is only six years old, but there’s already a past example supporting Dinich’s claims.
“You can look back at Florida State in 2014,” said said. “They were undefeated, they were winning every game by a heartbeat and should have lost the ACC Championship game to Georgia Tech. The committee had them as low as three and I think maybe even four.”
While it’s hard to refute Dinich’s argument, viewers should keep in mind she’s only stating that SEC teams like Alabama and LSU or the undefeated teams from the Big Ten will rank in front of Clemson for the top seed in the Final Four. Dinich didn’t go as far as to say Clemson won’t make the College Football Playoff despite its undefeated mark.
So in that sense, what Dinich is arguing is somewhat of a moot point. Again, the College Football Playoff system is only six years old, but a No. 1 seed has yet to win the national championship in this format.
Seeding is largely irrelevant. Clemson, and any other worthy program, will only have a large problem with the committee if it isn’t in the Top Four.
Anyway, check out Dinich’s full thoughts on Clemson’s playoff positioning below:
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