Tim Brando rips CFP selection committee for ranking Georgia and Alabama in Top 5
Ahead of the second College Football Playoff selection committee rankings for the 2019 season, FOX Sports broadcaster Tim Brando predicted that the committee would only drop Alabama one or two spots, claiming “cronyism.”
The Crimson Tide indeed dropped only two spots to No. 5. Brando was happy to remind everyone of his prediction on a post-rankings visit to “Ferrall on the Bench” on CBS Sports Radio.
“What happened tonight is a little bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy,” Brando said in the beginning of his recent appearance. “I predicted that if LSU thinks for one minute they’re through with Alabama, think again. Alabama privilege is always there. In fact, the College Football Playoff is about nothing but privilege to the brand names, and this is yet another example.”
Brando believes undefeated Minnesota deserves to be ranked ahead of the Tide.
“This is supposed to be about what we’ve done, what we’ve seen to this point,” Brando continued. “Minnesota beat Penn State. They were the No. 4 team in the country. Can you name for me one win that Alabama has that’s as impressive as Minnesota’s one win against Penn State? No. And where is Minnesota? Eighth? Alabama is fifth. They fall a whopping two spots after getting their ass kicked for an entire half and then piling on some stats.”
Brando made the same argument against new No. 4 Georgia, opining that undefeated Baylor should be ranked ahead of UGA.
“They lost at home to South Carolina, with a third-string quarterback quarterbacking South Carolina, and managed to lose,” Brando said. “Apparently that’s not a problem if you happen to be Georgia. Baylor has a hard time beating a .500 TCU team that has a pretty good defense, and because TCU is 4-4 and they play in the Big 12, evidently that’s a problem for Baylor because they can’t sniff the top 10.”
Brando is predicting that LSU will face Alabama in the postseason again, similar to the 2011 season.
“There was no denying that LSU went into Tuscaloosa and punched them in the mouth and won the game,” Brando said. “What’s going to happen here? LSU, as it was the case in 2011, they’re going to have to beat Alabama twice. They’re going to have to beat them again if Alabama wins out.”
Unsurprisingly, Brando does not consider Alabama to be the best one-loss team.
“By the way, Utah or Oregon, on a neutral field, right now, would beat Alabama. Put that in your College Football Playoff pipe and smoke on it,” Brando said.
More from Brando can be found here.