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Yes, because the 10-3 team may still be the "better" team

It is possible that the 10-3 team played a more difficult schedule and the 3 losses were all very close (i.e. 5 points or less) to teams that also made the Playoffs. While the 12-1 SEC may have played an easier schedule, particularly OOC schedule, and the 1 loss may be a bad or very bad loss. For example that 1 loss could be by 20+ points to a team that went 1-12 (13th regular season game @Hawai'i).

Hence why I have been that the poll is very subjective. Now if the OOC schedule included 4-6 games involving the following match-ups:

ACC vs. Big Ten
ACC vs. Big XII
ACC vs. Pac-12
Big Ten vs. Big XII
Big Ten vs. Pac-12
Big Ten vs. SEC
Big XII vs. Pac-12
Big XII vs. SEC
Pac-12 vs. SEC

then we would have a much better idea how the power conferences rank against each other. At that point, then I would have no problem saying that a 12-1 #2 or #3 SEC team is more deserving than a 10-3 Pac-12 Champion because the SEC ranked higher than the Pac-12 that particular season. Ideally it would be nice if all 5 power conferences played an 8 game conference schedule and play 4 OOC games against 1 team from the other 4 power conferences. Now that would also mean that all 5 power conferences would need to have the same number of teams. It wouldn't matter if it is 12, 14, or 16 teams in each conference.

(In response to this post by tarheelblue)

Posted: 10/09/2021 at 12:15AM


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