College Football Playoff Top 25 Analysis: Oregon at No. 4 is a Joke

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Oct 28, 2014; Grapevine, TX, USA; Selection committee chair Jeff Long speaks to the media after unveiling the top 25 teams in the initial college football playoff rankings at the Gaylord Texan Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

There wasn’t a lot of change in the Top 25 for the College Football Playoff Selection Committee from last week to this week, but it was still interesting. And a few games over the past week still forced some changes.

But at least this crew is starting to show some consistencies in how they rank teams, which worried us. They clearly use a mix of the eye test, record, and schedule strength equally, and head-to-head and conference standing are separate.

Still, as expected, we have serious problems with where they put some teams. A few were judged too favorably, and too harshly, based on how they have looked in games. This committee isn’t prisoner of the moment, but it clearly is buying into some perceptions.

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And that could be a problem going forward. They should not be overreacting to how teams look in game because the eye test can sometimes deceive you.

Sometimes, they need to just simply look at the team’s records, head-to-head match-ups, and schedule strength and take the football insider perspective out of it. It creates inconsistencies in the criteria, which showed a bit on Tuesday.

So based on our analysis, here are the mistakes we noticed in the College Football Playoff Top 25.

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