Foot­ball play­off se­lec­tion mostly gray for the fans

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Ralph D. Russo

Sports fans want clear res­o­lu­tions us­ing ob­jec­tive mea­sures to de­ter­mine which team is best. Sim­ple: Win some­thing, get some­thing. Sur­vive and ad­vance.

Sports fans want clear res­o­lu­tions us­ing ob­jec­tive mea­sures to de­ter­mine which team is best.

Sim­ple: Win some­thing, get some­thing. Sur­vive and ad­vance.

That’s the way pro­fes­sional sports and most col­lege tour­na­ments work. It has never been that way in col­lege foot­ball and while the play­off has in­jected some ob­jec­tiv­ity into the way a cham­pion is determined, in many ways it is as sub­jec­tive as ever — mostly be­cause it has to be.

“(Fans) look into this process and they want it to black and white, but col­lege foot­ball has never been black and white,” said for­mer Big East Com­mis­sioner Mike Trangh­ese, a mem­ber of the play­off se­lec­tion com­mit­tee for the first two years. “Col­lege foot­ball has al­ways been gray.”

The cur­rent Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off se­lec­tion com­mit­tee is about to dive into one of those gray ar­eas, maybe set­ting a prece­dent for the fu­ture of pick­ing the fi­nal four. Ohio State can­not win the Big Ten, but the Buck­eyes were sec­ond in the rank­ings last week and fig­ure to be in the same spot Tues­day when the lat­est and sec­ond-to-last com­mit­tee top 25 comes out.

Ohio State added to its re­sume Satur­day by beat­ing Michi­gan, which had been No. 3.

So the Buck­eyes (11-1) will be like a golfer in the club­house on cham­pi­onship week­end, sit­ting on a top score hop­ing not to get caught while Penn State (10-2) and Wis­con­sin (10-2) com­pete for the Big Ten ti­tle and hope win­ning it is enough to make up ground.

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