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Even IF we had finished 11-1, the committee just put the 4 winners of the 4 Power 5 conference title games into the playoff.

 

We are NEVER getting in without an unbeaten season....

 

Disagree, had ND beaten FSU and had one other loss, FSU would have been out and opened a new spot in the final four... ND will never be #1 or #2 - but nd would get a top 4 spot

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Geez guys why are you biting his head off for discussing a topic that's relevant? He's right, it's very clear in this format if you don't have a conference championship you're behind the 8 ball because it's one less shot then most teams get to impress the committee.

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ND like FSU this year has to go 12-0 to get in. There is no way they would allow them in with 1 loss. With just 1 loss to FSU, ND would probably be ranked 7th. The committee made it clear that you have to win your conference. If anything it is a cop-out for them to remain relevant.

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Our best chance at making the playoffs is joining the big ten. We might be forced to join sooner or later, I just think it's the weakest conference so gives us the best chance.

 

Couldn't agree more, this committee will basically force us to join one and I know it'll likely be the acc when it happens but my vote is for the big 10 for sure after what I saw Ohio state do and what the committee did for them it's clear they aren't that down on the big 10

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We collapsed down the stretch so the whole discussion is kind of moot. If we hadn't been screwed over vs FSU and taken care of business the rest of the year, who really knows? The ugly, simple fact is, we didn't and we had no place in the conversation as far back as the ASU game.

 

I do understand the point though and the current system does not favor us unless we go undefeated convincingly. I had a feeling tOSU would slip in there after taking Wisconsin out behind the woodshed. That is the kind of win ND would need to be in the conversation, not squeaking by against Navy yet again or failing against the likes of ASU, NW or Louisville.

 

I do think that the way things are set up, joining a conference is pretty much inevitable. Big Ten, Big Twelve, ACC would be my order of preference.

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He's right, it's very clear in this format if you don't have a conference championship you're behind the 8 ball because it's one less shot then most teams get to impress the committee.

 

I don't agree. It's about northern and northeast audiences tuning out of what would have been a mostly southern championship. Hence Ohio State bumping the two southern teams. The purpose of the playoffs is money, and ESPN is paying the price. They want advertising money to pay for the huge investment they made televising the playoffs. So, there was no way they were going to risk not having Midwest and Northeast audiences tuning in.

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