Earlier this week, the College Football Playoff committee released its rankings following Week 12 of the college football season.
LSU remained on top, followed by Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia which rounded out the current playoff foursome.
Just outside, Alabama came in at No. 5 and Oregon came in at No. 6. After the release of the rankings on Tuesday night, committee chairman Rob Mullens spends hours answering questions from reporters.
The Oregon athletic director does his best to explain why each team holds its respective ranking. Fans obviously have their own opinions about their teams, but there’s a prominent ESPN personality who said he doesn’t trust Mullens.
ESPN’s Paul Finebaum made his thoughts about the committee chairman known during his show on Thursday, via Oregon Live:
“I frankly don’t know if I trust this guy being in charge. I don’t trust him because he’s not honest, and I just think he has an influence on that committee. Maybe I should save my powder if Oregon gets in, but then it’s going to be too late.”
It’s a bold take from Finebaum, who later said previously that he was friends with Mullens. However, Finebaum isn’t the only one to question the process.
Having a standing athletic director help determine which teams should make the playoff will always bring questions – especially when their respective school is in the hunt.