Ohio State could very well be the best team in the country, but they need to actually prove it. LSU, meanwhile, has been victimized for virtually no reason.
Ed Orgeron will say all the right things, but the College Football Playoff committee is supposed to be of greater mind than the national polls, which all too often exaggerate teams' rankings ahead of primetime matchups.
Yet, the Week 13 CFP rankings are no different, as OSU received the No. 1 spot just a week before facing off against Michigan. Congrats, FOX! Your Big Noon game just received another boost, as if that's even possible.
The schedules tell the story. Ohio State's wins seem impressive on paper, but LSU has defeated Texas (top-10 at the time), Florida, Auburn AND Alabama in Tuscaloosa. They've demolished every team not on their level. Why in the world should they be penalized by beating the likes of Arkansas by 36 points.
Ohio State, meanwhile, defeated Penn State by 11. That's a great win, and further proves they belong firmly in the top-4. Yet, LSU has four top-10 wins, including three against teams still in the top-15 as of this week!
This is recency bias at its best, and sets up an even more intriguing Michigan vs Ohio State matchup in Ann Arbor this weekend. While that seems innocent on the surface, it opens up a larger conversation about where LSU and Ohio State will finish should they both win out. At that point, the Tigers would have another top-5 win, this time over Georgia, while Ohio State would have beaten either Minnesota or Wisconsin in the Big Ten Title Game. Despite a great Buckeyes resume, LSU's is undeniably better.
Thank you, CFP committee, for giving us another unnecessary debate come season's end.