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There’s A Conspiracy Theory As To Why The Committee Has Ohio State No. 1 Over LSU

LSU football coach Ed Orgeron talking to a referee.

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - JANUARY 01: Head coach Ed Orgeron of the LSU Tigers talks with an official during the first half of the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl between LSU and Central Florida at State Farm Stadium on January 01, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Per usual, this past week's College Football Playoff rankings release produced a fair amount of controversy. But after the selection committee ranked Ohio State above LSU, some fans and analysts have a conspiracy theory.

The idea? The committee is going to wind up ranking Ohio State at No. 1 so that when it includes Alabama at No. 4, LSU won't have a first-round matchup with a team it already beat.

In that case, Ohio State would take on Alabama while LSU would get Clemson. If the Tigers and Crimson Tide were to meet again, it would be in the national title game.

Of course, this all relies on Ohio State, LSU and Clemson all winning out. It also relies on Alabama beating Auburn in the Iron Bowl on Saturday.

There's certainly plenty of reason to believe that if LSU and Alabama win out that they'll both be in the College Football Playoff. And given how incredible their first matchup was, you can almost agree with the committee for wanting to save a rematch of that magnitude for the national title game.

However, that's not to say that Ohio State didn't earn its place as the No. 1 team in the nation. The Buckeyes boast the No. 1 scoring offense and defense in the nation thanks in part to an elite quarterback in Justin Fields, and easily the best pass rusher in college football with Chase Young.

Ohio State's resume includes decisive wins over Wisconsin, Penn State and Cincinnati.. And if they beat Michigan tomorrow, they'll have four wins over ranked teams.