Jay Bilas always says on a certain Sunday in March, “Don’t tell me who you lost to, show me who you beat.” With that, let’s compare Team A and Team B.
Team A and Team B both have identical 10-2 records and 6-2 in conference play. Both losses by Team A and Team B were on the road.
Team A has 2 wins against teams ranked in the top 10.
Team B has 0 wins against teams ranked in the top 10.
Team A finished the season beating a 5-6 team by 56 points on the road.
Team B finished the season beating a 5-6 team by 22 points at home.
Team A defeated Team B in the regular season.
Looking at this, it should be clear that Team A should be ranked ahead of Team B, but yet because of privilege, and because ESPN and everyone else focuses on who you lose to, Team B will be ranked ahead of Team A.
Team A is Tennessee.
Team B is Alabama.
Tennessee may not be deserving of the College Football Playoff, but neither are Alabama nor LSU. Tennessee does deserve a NY6 bowl over them.