Joel Klatt is Fox Sports’ premier college football game analyst and color commentator alongside Gus Johnson on Saturdays. On Tuesday night, the college football playoff committee released its first ranking of the 2022 season, with the top 4 consisting of Tennessee, Ohio State, Georgia and Clemson.
However, the biggest surprise in the top 10 would have to be the LSU Tigers in 10th place. LSU is the No. 17 team in the country according to the Coaches Poll, but somehow the playoff committee has it ranked No. 10-10.
Klatt wasn’t happy at all about that and that the SEC has so many teams in the top 10.
“The SEC coalition is strong. Really strong, and rightly so,” Klatt said on Wednesday’s Breaking The Huddle with Joel Klatt. “They have a lot of great teams this year and I won’t say they aren’t. However, I felt five teams in the top 11 was a bit excessive. I thought five teams in the top 15 would be more accurate. But there’s LSU, which is overvalued — hugely, by the way. The biggest outlier relates to the AP poll and what it brought to the CFP. They’re in 10th place. And guess what LSU is doing for the SEC, and more specifically for Tennessee. It’s a really good backing for Tennessee because Tennessee got that great win at Baton Rouge against LSU.
“So now, with LSU at 10, you have that coalition, even if they lost to Alabama this week, they don’t go below 20, right? Well, Tennessee — even if they lose to Georgia — they don’t fall under TCU. But that’s only there if you have the LSU backstop. If LSU had ranked better at 14, 15, 16 and say they lost to Alabama, they would have fallen into the low 20s, maybe even dropped out of the rankings depending on your playstyle. But no, no, no, no. That’s not allowed because we have to stop Tennessee because heaven forbid they fall under TCU if they lost. The coalition, the firewall, the SEC firewall, it’s strong, it’s built and it’s real.”
I understand people are tired of seeing the SEC ranked so highly, but think about it, the SEC has won three straight national titles. Georgia, Alabama and LSU are the last three college football champions, and ‘Bama and the Bulldogs have twice played each other for the championship.
Five of the last seven national championships have been won by SEC schools. If you’re tired of hearing about the SEC teams, beat them.
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