Everything the College Football Playoff committee said after the first CFP rankings of 2022

The first release of the College Football Playoff rankings for 2022 was revealed on Tuesday night,

and Ohio State fans are probably fairly happy with where the Buckeyes sit as a baseline going forward.

Not surprisingly, there are some questionable slotting of teams throughout the CFP top 25, but it’s hard to argue too much with where Ohio State sits.

But what went into the Buckeyes landing at No. 2 and not No. 1? Why didn’t Georgia, Michigan, or Clemson get a higher ranking than OSU?

They are all good questions and inquiring minds almost always want to know about the inconsistency of how the CFP committee seems to prioritize the principles and guidelines it’s supposed to utilize.

The committee held a conference call to field questions and talk about the ranking process and we’re especially interested in what it said about Ohio State and we’re sure you are too. We’re also interested in all the other tap dancing the committee did.

Here is everything the College Football Playoff committee said about the process and why it ranked teams where it id after the announcement of the first CFP rankings of the 2022 college football season.

On evaluating teams in regard to injuries and timing BOO CORRIGAN: Yeah, thank you for the question. Injuries that do occur are part of the discussion. 

On evaluating teams in regard to injuries and timing We don’t project anything forward, but we deal with exactly the people that were on the field during the game. 

On evaluating teams in regard to injuries and timing Again, to that point, if you look at a team that is at full strength and then loses someone later, you need to judge them on the men that were on the field at the time during the game and when the game was played.

On why Ohio State is ranked above Michigan with a similar body of work BOO CORRIGAN: I would say the disparity is not that great. In what we’re doing with the rankings themselves, that may be a little bit of a misnomer. 

On why Ohio State is ranked above Michigan with a similar body of work But when we looked at Ohio State, the explosiveness of their offense, averaging 49 points a game, winning games by an average of 32 points, I think that really stood out to the committee.

On why Ohio State is ranked above Michigan with a similar body of work We like Michigan a lot as a committee, more workmanlike controlling their opponent. 

On why Ohio State is ranked above Michigan with a similar body of work But again, I think there’s a weaker non-conference schedule that was talked about before, and that was part of the determination.

On why Michigan isn't in the top four teams BOO CORRIGAN: Well, I think they’re right there. In a larger picture, the signature win against Penn State, a well-balanced team. But at the end of it, when you look at that strength of schedule, it is something that we do talk about as one of the principles that guides us. 

On why Michigan isn't in the top four teams At this point in time, again, after week 9, we felt they were right in the No. 5 position.

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