Notre Dame football: 3 reasons the Irish are too low in initial CFP rankings
They’re Artificially Low to Keep Cincinnati Down
Let’s briefly play conspiracy. Cincinnati is currently ranked 2nd in the AP Poll, but 6th in the Playoff Rankings. Everyone knows there is a glass ceiling over Group of Five teams, no matter how good they are. Cincinnati, some people thought, had a shot at breaking that glass ceiling.
That clearly won’t happen now, and it’s seemingly by design.
Thinks about the backend of the rankings. SMU and Houston are both ranked in the AP Poll, and deservedly so, but they’re unranked in the Playoff Rankings. Instead, a laundry list of B1G 10 West teams are taking up prime real estate. Why? Because they will help to artificially inflate the B1G East teams. After all, Minnesota (who lost to Bowling Green) is currently Ohio State’s only ranked win in their top-25.
Notre Dame is Cincinnati’s best win and that’s not going to change. If you follow, they can’t afford to have a strong strength of schedule or resume for the glass ceiling to stay intact without lawsuits flying. So, the Irish are ranked lower than they should be to help keep Cincinnati down.
Yes, this is a bit of a conspiracy, but the truth is that it’s also how they operate.