Rob Mullens on Utah vs. Oklahoma debate: "You're looking at Oklahoma and their win over a ranked opponent, they checked that box. You look at Utah, you say, boy they've been so consistent all season long, they have been dominant, their defense is incredible."
Rob Mullens once again mentions Zack Moss injury in Utah's loss to USC "on a Friday night, on the road." ... Reminds me of Kelly Bryant vs. Syracuse a couple years ago. It's almost like that loss didn't happen.
CFP chairman Rob Mullens said difference in top 3 teams - 1. OSU, 2 #LSU, 3. Clemson - was achievement. OSU has 4 top 25 wins, LSU 3, Clemson zero. Last week, OSU was No. 1 on the eye test. Sounds flip-floppy, but a chance for LSU to regain No. 1 win a win over UGA.
CFP Chair Rob Mullens on Oklahoma vs. Utah.
"You're looking at Oklahoma and their win over a ranked opponent, so you check that box there."
"You look at Utah and you say boy they have been so consistent all season long and they've been dominant. Their defense is incredible." https://t.co/AQZJkwFQ3o
I asked CFP committee chair Rob Mullens why Wisconsin is the highest-ranked two-loss team. He pointed to three top-25 wins (Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa). Also that Badgers are top 10 in relative offense and defense.
Rob Mullens says the difference between 1, 2, and 3 is the number of ranked opponents each has beaten. OSU is at 4. LSU is at 3. Buckeye fans need to keep rooting for Cincinnati. But even if OSU and LSU are even, the committee showed last week that OSU's DEF was the difference.
ICYMI, Rob Mullens, chair of the #CFBPlayoff selection committee, chatted with @ESPN's @ReceDavis
after the reveal of the penultimate CFP Top 25 on Tuesday, December 3.
Who's in? 🏈🏆
Rob Mullens on Alabama falling behind Auburn in #CFPRankings: "Specifically when you look at those two, the head to head probably carried the day at the end of the day."
Auburn up 4 spots, Alabama down 7.
College Football Playoff selection committee chairman Rob Mullens said schedule continues to be a separator between the three undefeated teams. Ohio State now has more wins against CFP-ranked teams (four) than LSU (three), while Clemson has none.
"We see a season-long balance of consistent play on both sides of the ball." - CFP committee chair Rob Mullens on Utah
Rob Mullens said that even though Ohio State has already played Wisconsin once, the CFP selection committee will count it as two separate wins if the Buckeyes beat the Badgers again in Saturday's Big Ten Championship Game.
Rob Mullens said the CFP selection committee views Ohio State and LSU as "two really, really good teams," but mentioned again that the Buckeyes now have four ranked wins compared to LSU's three.
CFP selection committee chair Rob Mullens tells ESPN the debate between Utah/Oklahoma/Baylor was the "area with the most vigorous debate this week."
College Football Playoff selection committee chairman Rob Mullens on a teleconference with reporters now.
On why Wisconsin is now No. 8 and the highest two-loss team: "Their impressive win over Minnesota gave them three wins over top-25 teams ... We see them as a balanced team."
I don't want to pat myself on the back, but I got Rob Mullens to project into the future tonight.
Here’s what Rob Mullens said about the Utah-Oklahoma debate:
Rob Mullens on diff between Utah and #Sooners: We spent considerable time on it, more than anywhere else on the board. There was plenty of debate.
OU: Win at No. 7 Baylor w/o Lamb
Utah: season-long balance on both sides of ball, dominant wins, only loss on road w/o key player
The weekly “look behind the curtain” doesn’t make things better. Rob Mullens and the College Football Playoff committee didn’t clear anything up. They made it more confusing. Forget the fake transparency. Quit putting this on TV.
I checked the CFP teleconference transcripts from this season, and this is the first time Rob Mullens has made special note that Utah lost to USC on a Friday night.
I could only locate one other time Mullens noted a particular day of the week at all - and that was a Saturday.
Pertinent answers from College Football Playoff selection committee chair Rob Mullens on 1) Why Auburn moved ahead of Alabama; 2) How far conference championship game losers fall; and 3) Whether Auburn has a shot at a New Year's Six bowl:
Rob Mullens said the CFP selection committee is still discussing the top grouping of Ohio State, LSU and Clemson "in great detail."
Rob Mullens' response to @GuerinEmig
's question about the difference between Utah, OU: Utes showed a "Season-long balance of consistent play on both sides of the ball. Very dominant wins and only loss on Fri. night on the road to No. 22 team w/ key player on offense missing."
Rob Mullens on a conference call: "We do understand that this is an extra game. Wisconsin is a division champion and we're aware of that when we get in the room and have discussions."
I *think* I’ve outlined Auburn’s paths to potential New Year’s Six bowls?
It’s an outside shot, especially considering Rob Mullens’ comments re: conference title game losers, but I believe these are the scenarios
Rob Mullens said they spent "considerable time" on Group of 5 teams, in particular Boise State, Cincy and App State.
"Boise State's win at Florida State, you compare that to App State's wins at South Carolina, North Carolina. Then Cincinnati's only losses are to ranked teams."
Does Rob Mullens remember that Cinci lost to one of those ranked teams by 42 points. I know it was Ohio State but, they got their chance against the big team and got destroyed.
A few interesting thoughts from the committee:
Rob Mullens has said in the past that the committee does not incentivize margin of victory, that the number one thing is always performance on the field. He was asked how the committee reconciles those two things, and said
"We spent considerable time on it, more time than anywhere else on the board."
CFP committee chair Rob Mullens fielded questions following the latest #CFBPlayoff rankings, and addressed Utah being ahead of the #Sooners: https://t.co/Njo1b4MFvp