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Big Ten Commissioner: The CFP Selection Committee Got It Right

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany shared his thoughts on the College Football Playoff committee, and he believes it got the top four teams right.

The Big Ten is three-for-three at getting teams into the College Football Playoff, but for the first time ever, the conference champion—in this case Penn State—didn't make it. Ohio State got in instead at No. 3, with No. 4 Washington edging out No. 5 Penn State and No. 6 Michigan. It had some fans and analysts asking the question: What's the purpose of having a conference champion at all, if it's ultimately meaningless? It's certainly a legitimate criticism.

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, however, wasn't critical; he actually supported the committee and its rankings, per ESPN's Brett McMurphy:

Penn State would have been the first two-loss team to qualify for the CFP had they gotten in, and the Nittany Lions had a genuine argument in their favor: they beat Ohio State heads up and took down Wisconsin to become conference champs. The Buckeyes on the other hand suffered only one loss and recorded wins over Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Michigan. It's difficult to leave out either team in that situation. As always, it seems like the logical solution would be to expand the playoff—possibly to eight teams—allowing every conference champion from a Power 5 conference to be included. Even NCAA Mark Emmert echoed this sentiment. Does Delany support this?

He does not.

To be fair, even if the playoff was expanded to 64 teams, a deserving team would almost certainly still get left out. Nonetheless, it does seem a little ridiculous that a conference champion doesn't get a shot at a national title.