What the College Football Playoff committee got right and wrong this week

In an utterly predicable season, it’s only fitting that the College Football Playoff rankings feature none of the chaos, debate or drama that greeted the postseason format’s first four season of existence.

In a playoff first, there were no changes at the top for the third week in a row: Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan lead the way in the hypothetical four-team field. And with two weeks left to go until the postseason, it’s easy to envision a scenario where the semifinals unfold in uncontroversial fashion — this would be another first.

Any outrage is tepid at best. Yes, the selection committee continues to place a shockingly amount of value on second-tier teams from the SEC. In the committee’s defense, however, there simply aren’t enough worthy teams from the remaining Power Five leagues to slid into the spots held by LSU, Florida, Kentucky and Mississippi State.

If suspense exists at all, it’s in the knobby pileup of teams just outside the playoff picture jostling for position in the New Year’s Six race. There may be more intrigue in the Group of Five race for an access bowl, but only if Central Florida loses one of its last two games.

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