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Oregon linebacker Mase Funa has some words for a Washington player after a stop on fourth down as the No. 4 Ducks face the Huskies in a college football game at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021.

Welcome to another year of College Football Playoff (CPF) rankings that don't make sense.

As a college football fan, I can 100% say that the rankings this year are just another addition to the bias the CFP gives big school programs and large markets that produce better monetary benefits for the organization.

While it is only the first week rankings, I worry that this will become a trend before the final CFP determinations are in (like it always is).

The top four teams in the playoffs right now are Georgia, Alabama, Michigan State and Oregon. The first two teams that are out are Ohio State and Cincinnati.

Out of the top four teams, the only ones that deserve to be there are Georgia, with the best defense in college football, and undefeated Michigan State that just beat No. 6 Michigan.

Oregon and Alabama have both lost one game this season. Oregon lost to an unranked Stanford team and Alabama to an unranked (at the time) Texas A&M team.

The fact that both teams are in the top four is ridiculous to the rest of the teams fighting for scarce playoff spots. 

My main problem with these rankings is the fact that Cincinnati went from number two to six in the polls after staying undefeated. 

This move is way more than likely since Cincinnati is not a Power Five school while Oregon and Alabama play in power 5 conferences.

The way I see it, an undefeated team must be placed higher than teams that have lost (dependent on schedule).

Cincinnati has a right to be in the top four because it has quality wins against big programs, like beating Notre Dame on the road earlier this season when it was a top 10 team.

Cincinnati is also riding a 15+ game win streak. It is criminal that the CFP isn’t giving the team a fair shot.

I don’t care that Alabama & Oregon are powerhouses historically. They should be treated like everyone else when they lose. More fans of college football should be voicing this sentiment.

The CFP has been some of the most boring games to watch due to its lack of parity. Now is a perfect time to change that narrative and switch it up.

This is essential to the continuation of the playoff system. Maybe after this blunder, they will consider expanding the playoffs finally.

NICK CARTA is a blogger for The Vidette. He can be contacted at nfcarta@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter at @NickCartaISU

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