Perhaps my agreement is not complete, but in the end the bracket is the same, and since the games are at neutral sites, that's almost all that matters. I have #1 Florida State vs #4 Oregon, whereas the CFP has Oregon at #2 and Florida State #3. The game is in Pasadena, which is closer to Oregon, but probably far enough to be any actual advantage. The other game, Ohio State "at" Alabama in New Orleans is just as the CFP set it up, just with different seeds. I'm not sure if rearranged seeding would have affected the locations of the games, though I could see an argument that the #1 team should get the location closest to home (Florida State in New Orleans in my rankings), and the rest fall into place from there.
So, why did TCU lose its Top 4 spot despite a convincing win? I would argue they never should have been up at #3 in the first place, and in fact I had them 11th last week. However, I do have them ranked higher than Baylor, which was a point of contention for the last few weeks among the pundits. I think the committee dodged most controversy by leaving out the Big 12, though they could have dodged it even better by not putting TCU so high last week.
If Missouri had beaten Alabama, and all other games stayed the same, I would have had them 5th, and the top 4 would have been the same, though Alabama would have fallen to #4. I honestly don't think the committee could have gotten away with choosing a conference non-champion without the champ, though, and both Alabama and Missouri would have been left out. As it is, Missouri fell to a respectable 10th in my ranks, and 16 by the committee. Although, I'm not sure if they care about much after #4.
Finally, congrats to SMU for avoiding the perfect 0-12 season. They even climbed out the cellar up to #126. The bottom team, which should stay there despite any bowl results, is now Idaho, though they're being somewhat punished for only playing 11 games. Them's the breaks, I say.
|45||North Carolina State||7-5|
|79||San Diego State||6-5|
|112||San Jose State||3-7|
|125||New Mexico State||2-10|
2014 History and #1s
Week 1 Everybody who was 1-0