Big Blue Nation demands answers as to why Florida is ranked ninth in the College Football Playoff Rankings, six places ahead of No. 15 Kentucky, when Kentucky beat Florida by double digits in Gainesville. With matching records and two very similar resumes, it would seem the result of the head-to-head matchup would be an easy way to separate the two teams. Kentucky won, so Kentucky should have the better ranking. It seems simple, really.
It’s not that easy, though, according to Rob Mullens, the chairman of the College Football Playoff. Mullens said the committee prioritized the “total body of work” over Kentucky beating Florida in direct competition, which, I’d like to remind you, came by double digits on Florida’s own turf.
“I mean, Florida had the head-to-head over LSU,” Mullens explained on a teleconference Tuesday evening. “Obviously Kentucky did have the quality win over Florida and over Mississippi State.”
“Again, I think it’s just total body of work. When you start to line those up, when you get to the end of the year here, sometimes it is more difficult to distinguish. But when you look at Florida’s overall body, with their wins, it put them at 9, LSU at 10, then Kentucky at 15.”
So there’s your explanation from the chairman: Total Body Of Work > Kicking Florida’s Ass In Florida