Joel Klatt says Oklahoma not in playoff top 4 because of manipulated rankings

FOX Sports analyst Joel Klatt isn’t sold on the new College Football Playoff rankings.

Klatt went on The Herd with Colin Cowherd on Wednesday and discussed the new set of playoff rankings released Tuesday night. Following Oklahoma’s win over Oklahoma State on the road, he’s not sure why the Sooners aren’t No. 4 in the new playoff top 25.

He does have a theory, and it involves the playoff committee placing undeserving teams higher up in the rankings to make the better ranked teams’ wins over them look better.

“I think Clemson is a touch overrated based on what they’ve done,” Klatt said. “One is that Oklahoma, both of their road ranked wins are better than Clemson’s road ranked wins. Their loss is better. Oklahoma’s offense is the first offense in Power 5 history to be averaging 8-and-a-half yards per game. … why would they not be No. 4? Well, because you prop up Auburn to No. 10 as a 2-loss, you prop up LSU (who lost to Troy), you prop up Mississippi State.”

That is quite the take from Klatt, who’s never been shy to give his opinion on college football maters. He is rightfully skeptical of a committee, though, that has the power to place teams wherever they want and in theory help Clemson’s win over Auburn or a potential Georgia win over Auburn look better than it actually is.

The Sooners will get a chance to play the No. 6-ranked TCU Horned Frogs on Saturday, which could put them in the top 4 in next week’s rankings. Klatt just thinks they should already be there.

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