If there was any question about the importance the CFP Committee puts on winning the SEC Championship before Saturday there isn’t now.
The LSU Tigers took over the top spot in the CFP rankings after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Championship game. Obviously winning that conference title is more important than the body of work the Ohio State Buckeyes have on their resume.
And just winning the SEC East certainly helped Georgia.
First let’s look at the LSU – Ohio State comparisons.
- Total offense No. 1
- Scoring offense No. 3, 47.8
- Total offense No. 32
- Scoring defense No. 27, 21.2
- Margin of victory 26.6
- Total offense No. 5
- Scoring offense No. 1, 48.7
- Total defense No. 2
- Scoring defense No. 3, 12.5
- Margin of victory 36.2
LSU has won four games against teams currently ranked in the Top 25. Ohio State has won five with two wins over No. 8 Wisconsin.
Many speculated the reason the CFP Committee moved the Tigers No. 1 was because the defense was rounding into form. If that is the case, apparently holding the team ranked No. 60 in total offense and 51st in scoring to 10 points was impressive.
Remember, Georgia only scored 17 points in the loss to 4-8 South Carolina.
And speaking of those No. 5 Bulldogs. They must be ranked higher than the Baylor Bears (No. 7) because they made it to the SEC Championship Game.
Baylor blew a 25 point lead to Oklahoma and lost by 3 the first time the two teams played. Saturday, the Bears lost in OT in the Big 12 Championship Game with a third string QB running the show.
Georgia lost to a bad South Carolina team and by 27 in the SEC Championship Game. Do the math.
The media loves to let everybody know there is no SEC bias and I’m sure the CFP Committee members will say the same. However, I always like to look at numbers, they can’t have a bias.