BYU Disrespected In The College Football Playoff RankingsBy Shane R
Even though BYU has rolled through its schedule this season, the College Football Playoff committee is not impressed. BYU debuted at #14, while two-loss Oklahoma, Iowa State, and Georgia all appeared ahead of them. Undefeated Cincinnati went ahead of BYU at #7, as well. What has really hurt BYU is the scheduling. Before the pandemic, BYU was slatted to play Missouri, Standford, Minnesota, Arizona State, Michigan State, and Utah, but all those teams ended up backing out because their leagues only want league-schedules. They also had ranked Army on the schedule, but COVID-19 postponed and canceled the game between the two programs.
Still, Coach Kalani Sitake of the Cougars is really encouraged. With one more official game to play, BYU hopes that they can schedule one more Power-5 team, probably out of the Pac-12 Conference, to add to their strength of schedule. Since quarterback Zach Wilson of the Cougars is a Heisman candidate, another meaningful game could put him over the top with a win, as well.
The BYU Cougars are ranked 8th in the other two polls, but there is a big discrepancy when it comes to the College Football Playoff rankings. Either way, Brigham Young University is on its way to an impressive season and a solid New Year’s Six Bowl Game if they continue to handle their business. But, if a few things swing their way, with some teams losing ahead of them, the Cougars may very well get the opportunity they deserve. Ultimately, the SEC was treated with love and admiration, as usual, and saw a plethora of teams ahead and behind BYU.