The first College Football Playoff Rankings came out and Washington fans are up in arms that the undefeated Huskies are ranked outside the Top 5, behind the one-loss Texas A&M Aggies.
The rapid improvement of the young Huskies under Chris Peterson has been one of the storylines of the college football season. The Huskies development as a program is at least a year ahead of schedule by any estimate. To speed up the rebuild, they front loaded their schedule with cupcakes, but now that they’ve entered the national conversation, their résumé doesn’t stand up to the scrutiny of other teams ranked ahead of them. That doesn’t stop the message board warriors from clamoring that they’ve been robbed.
Today in The Herd, Colin said the Huskies shouldn’t be ranked in the Top 4 in the first poll, because, despite their undefeated record, their out of conference schedule is embarrassing. And, their early season domination of Stanford, and NSFW 70-21 win over Oregon are less impressive because the teams have a combined 8 losses on the year.
“Washington has played a garbage out of conference schedule. Struggled to win at awful Arizona. And we now know that Stanford and Oregon aren’t very good.”
He pointed out that of the Huskies 8 wins, two have come against Portland State and Idaho, and they struggled to beat a 2-6 Arizona team. Colin refuses to be browbeat into submission just because a team is undefeated.
“I’ve never been paralyzed by records in college football. 8-0 is not necessarily better than 7-1. Because college football, unlike the NFL, you can control 25 to 30% of your schedule. So, I’m not paralyzed by it. In fact, I go the other way. I rip Iowa, I rip schools that try to do the Fake I.D. at the nightclub. They want to get in. They haven’t earned it.”
Washington is more legit than Iowa, or recent Fake I.D. Nebraska. They’ll probably run the table, but to this point their schedule doesn’t measure up. Texas A&M deserves the nod in the rankings because their only loss is to #1 Alabama, and they’ve played a tougher schedule.
Don’t bring the McLovin I.D. from Hawaii and expect to get into Club Cowherd for the Playoffs. It’s not happening.
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) November 2, 2016