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Leonard: Rankings out of quack
Oregon wide receiver Dwayne Stanford catches a touchdown pass against Utah early Sunday in Salt Lake City. The Ducks moved up to No. 2 in the latest College Football Rankings. - photo by RICK BOWMER

College Football Playoff rankings

1. Mississippi St. 9-0

2. Oregon 9-1

3. Florida St. 9-0

4. TCU 8-1

5. Alabama 8-1

6. Arizona St. 8-1

7. Baylor 8-1

8. Ohio St. 8-1

9. Auburn 7-2

10. Mississippi 8-2

11. UCLA 8-2

12. Michigan St. 7-2

13. Kansas St. 7-2

14. Arizona 7-2

15. Georgia 7-2

16. Nebraska 8-1

17. LSU 7-3

18. Notre Dame 7-2

19. Clemson 7-2

20. Wisconsin 7-2

21. Duke 8-1

22. Georgia Tech 8-2

23. Utah 6-3

24. Texas A&M 7-3

25. Minnesota 7-2

So you thought this was going to be different, this College Football Playoff business. It was going to remove all the controversy that marked the Bowl Championship Series.

How’s that working out for you? Better yet, Florida State must be loving this new system.

Oregon provided perhaps the biggest shocker Tuesday in the third rankings released by the CFP committee, jumping to No. 2 ahead of unbeaten Florida State. So much for winning carrying the kind of weight it should.

The Seminoles have beaten every team put in front of them, including No. 18 Notre Dame and No. 19 Clemson (the committee’s rankings). They haven’t lost. Meanwhile, the Ducks have wins against No. 11 UCLA, No. 12 Michigan State and No. 23 Utah and a loss (that’s right) to No. 14 Arizona.

Something doesn’t add up with putting those who quack in front of those who slam a spear into the field, at least not for now.

But Southeastern Conference fans certainly are more baffled by another quirk. Texas Christian, with one loss, is ranked No. 4, a spot ahead of one-loss Alabama. A team in the strong but erratic Big 12 ahead of a team from the country’s best division (SEC West) with the same record doesn’t make much sense. The beneficial element in the Crimson Tide’s case, or the danger depending on how you look at it, is it will take on No. 1 Mississippi State this weekend and No. 9 Auburn in its season finale. Alabama has plenty of chances to improve its standing.

That’s not so much the case for Florida State, which will face Miami, Boston College and Florida before likely dismantling Duke in the ACC championship. Don’t cry too hard for the Seminoles because that likely leaves them unbeaten and in the playoffs either way. They just may not get the best seeding.

But regardless of what snubs, benefits of the doubt or other considerations have been given so far, can we all agree on one thing? The committee needs to affirm that the Big Ten would be better off being known as the “Small Ten.”

Michigan State was drilled earlier this season by Oregon, then lost to an Ohio State team that was drubbed at home by Virginia Tech earlier this year.

That’s right, a Hokies team that is 4-5 overall soundly defeated the Big Ten’s best. Yet the Buckeyes sit in eighth, four spots out of the playoff for now. Top-seven teams and committee, America is watching. Don’t let those Midwest football pretenders come to the dance. Otherwise, you might as well turn off the music.

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