#RankingsReaction: Baylor debuts at No. 6

Clearly Baylor fans will be upset at the committee’s first rankings for the College Football Playoff, and why shouldn’t they be? After all, the Bears are 7-0 and have the best margin of victory in the FBS (36).

There’s no way that Baylor could play any better through its first seven games. The problem for the Bears is their strength of schedule.

Let me offer some hope to fans of the Green and Gold, if Baylor takes care of business and goes undefeated, they will be in the College Football Playoff. The Bears have the seventh-toughest remaining schedule in the nation.

Now for the time being, I’m fine with Clemson, LSU, and Ohio State being placed ahead of the team from Waco. If the playoff committee wants to make an obvious statement tonight in their rankings, and basically say that strength of schedule overrides the eye test, that’s fine.

However, I completely disagree with Alabama being ranked ahead of Baylor. They also re-established the fact that they are in love with the SEC.

The Crimson Tide have looked good, but they also have one loss versus Ole Miss in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Like I said before, there’s no need to overreact to the rankings, as most of the fiasco will work itself out in the end. But I would have liked to see the committee place the Bears ahead of Alabama.

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