No way in hell does a selection committee (which, BTW, will be hand picked to ensure the 'best' outcomes) would leave the #4 team out if that team came from a major conference, particularly one of the Big 4.
The committee will be far more likely to step OVER a #4 ranked mid major in favor of a lower ranked SEC team.
The goals of the committee aren't to be 'fair.' They will be told 'create the matchups that are the most interesting to the viewers.'
Agree. The mid majors are totally screwed with a selection committee. Hell, they'd probably take a 2 loss SEC team, if they are still near top 10, over a #4 ranked undefeated mid major. Same can be said for ND, Texas, OSU, Michigan, and the other big money teams in college football. This screws the ACC, too. Even if going undefeated, I can't imagine any ACC team making the playoff aside from miami or fsu. MAYBE Clemson. I don't expect VT to ever make it... even if undefeated, a 1 loss ND/Texas type team will surely jump us.
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