Schwartz: No Confidence Committee Will Do The Right Thing

The Pac-12 champion should jump Alabama, Geoff Schwartz says, but they won't

The DA Show
November 20, 2019 - 1:21 pm

The College Football Playoff committee released its latest rankings Tuesday, and the debate between Alabama and the Pac-12 champion is already taking shape. Alabama (9-1) is No. 5, while Oregon (9-1) and Utah (9-1) are ranked Nos. 6 and 7, respectively.

How much confidence should we have that the committee would put a one-loss Pac-12 champion over Alabama in the final ranking?

“Zero confidence,” NFL and Pac-12 analyst Geoff Schwartz said on The DA Show. “I don’t know why anyone would. I saw people yesterday (saying), ‘Alabama is 5, therefore Oregon or Utah will win out (and jump Alabama).’ Since when do you guys think Alabama is going to get passed up for Pac-12 champions? Especially if they beat Auburn with a backup quarterback? Of course they’re in at 11-1. All this stuff about them not being in is laughable. There’s been no (indication) that anyone thinks the Pac-12 champion deserves to be in the playoff unless they’re undefeated.”

Schwartz, 33, played for Oregon in the mid-2000s. He was a seventh-round pick in 2008 and spent time with the Panthers, Vikings, Chiefs, Giants and Lions. He believes Oregon should make the playoff over Alabama, but he doesn’t think that will happen.

“Utah is maybe better than Oregon, but Oregon will have won 12 games in a row, they’ll have won 10 conference games for the first time I believe since the playoff inception, and they’ll have just beaten a top-10 team on a neutral field,” Schwartz said. “Of course they should be in.”

Committee chair Rob Mullens is Oregon’s AD, but that won’t help the Ducks on Dec. 8.

“The voice in the room that can push for Oregon is Rob Mullens, and he’s not allowed to be in the room when they’re talking about Oregon,” Schwartz said. “But we know they talk about teams in groups. Oregon, Utah and Alabama are kind of all talked about together, and he cannot be in the room for that discussion. Our biggest advocate for our school can’t even be in the conversation.”

Alabama advocates, meanwhile, believe the Tide will make the playoff if they beat No. 15 Auburn (7-3) in the Iron Bowl on Nov. 30. Auburn beat Oregon in Arlington in August. The Ducks led 21-6 late in the third quarter, but lost 27-21.

Since then? Nine straight wins.

“We played them in Week 1,” Schwartz said. “We are a better football team now than we were in Week 1. I just don’t have faith.”

While Oregon would have 12 straight wins and a potential No. 1 pick at quarterback in Justin Herbert, Utah would have, well, not a whole lot from a brand standpoint.

“That’s going to be a tougher sell,” Schwartz said. “Utah is probably going to be a favorite over Oregon when they play. Utah is as good as they come. Their defense is outstanding. Tyler Huntley is one of the most accurate passers in all of college football. Their running back, Zack Moss, will be a very good pro running back.”

Utah’s only loss came at USC in September. The Utes lost 30-23 – a game in which they had 16 penalties, fumbled near USC’s goal line, and had a field goal blocked.

“Utah is really good,” Schwartz said. “It would not surprise me if Oregon lost that game, but a 12-1 Utah team doesn’t have the sex appeal than an Oregon team does.”