Tim Brando SHREDS Playoff Committee

The College Football Playoff committee unveiled its second set of rankings Tuesday, and Brando wasn't happy with the results

November 13, 2019 - 8:31 am
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The College Football Playoff committee unveiled its second set of rankings Tuesday, and Tim Brando wasn’t happy with the results.

But he wasn’t the least bit surprised.

“What happened tonight is a little bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy,” the FOX Sports college football analyst began on Ferrall on the Bench. “I predicted that if LSU thinks for one minute they’re through with Alabama, think again. Alabama privilege is always there. In fact, the College Football Playoff is about nothing but privilege to the brand names, and this is yet another example.”

Brando had Georgia (8-1) No. 10 in his personal rankings; the committee has the Bulldogs No. 4.

“They lost at home to South Carolina, with a third-string quarterback quarterbacking South Carolina, and managed to lose,” Brando said. “Apparently that’s not a problem if you happen to be Georgia. Baylor has a hard time beating a .500 TCU team that has a pretty good defense, and because TCU is 4-4 and they play in the Big 12, evidently that’s a problem for Baylor because they can’t sniff the top 10.”

Baylor (9-0) actually went from No. 12 to No. 13 this week despite being just one of four unbeaten teams remaining. 

“They might as well rename themselves UCF and join the American Conference,” Brando said. “It’s contrived transparency. The eye test works with one team but it doesn’t work with another.”

Many college football analysts opined that Alabama/LSU was a playoff game for the Tide; that if Nick Saban’s squad didn’t win, it was out of the playoff running.

After Alabama actually lost, though, many of those same talking heads have changed their opinion: Alabama is still alive because, well, it’s Alabama.

“This thing is as corrupt a process as any we’ve seen in American sports, period,” Brando said. “It is so far worse than the BCS, I can’t even begin to tell you. The way these guys are enabled by our business, filled with media cronies, who will go out all week long and change their tune depending upon what they’re told by those people they’re in business with . . . is beneath contempt.

“This is supposed to be about what we’ve done, what we’ve seen to this point,” Brando continued. “Minnesota beat Penn State. They were the No. 4 team in the country. Can you name for me one win that Alabama has that’s as impressive as Minnesota’s one win against Penn State? No. And where is Minnesota? Eighth? Alabama is fifth. They fall a whopping two spots after getting their ass kicked for an entire half and then piling on some stats.”

LSU led Alabama 33-13 at halftime before winning 46-41.

“There was no denying that LSU went into Tuscaloosa and punched them in the mouth and won the game,” Brando said. “What’s going to happen here? LSU, as it was the case in 2011, they’re going to have to beat Alabama twice. They’re going to have to beat them again if Alabama wins out.”

Minnesota and Baylor, meanwhile, won’t get the same treatment and seemingly have no margin for error.

“Where’s the fairness to Minnesota? The fairness to Baylor? It’s non-existent. Does not exist,” Brando said. “The stereotyping of the Big 12 as a no-defense league – if you haven’t seen Matt Rhule’s defense play, then you don’t have a right to say that. . . . The great landscape of college football has been largely ignored because all the committee cares about are the four or five teams that they care about. It’s all about branding. It’s all about who brings in big cash. It’s all about cash cow and keeping this baby at four. God forbid we have somebody in that’s not part of the pure playoff privilege.

“By the way,” Brando continued, “Utah or Oregon, on a neutral field, right now, would beat Alabama. Put that in your College Football Playoff pipe and smoke on it.”