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Committee Ignores Loss, Keeps WVU in Top 20

Proving they care more about wins than losses, WVU only dropped 4 spots in the latest College Football Playoff Rankings

NCAA Football: Oklahoma at West Virginia Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Through two and a half years worth of Playoff Rankings, the Playoff Committee has made one thing clear: Wins mean more than losses. Specifically wins over Top 25 teams allow you to lose bad games you shouldn’t.

West Virginia had a chance to make its case for the Playoff Committee on Saturday and fumbled its way to a 28-point defeat. That didn’t matter much to the committee as they only dropped WVU four spots to number 18.

The committee’s ranking now matches where WVU sits in the AP & Coaches Poll. Previously, WVU was a top 10 team in the eyes of the AP and USA Today Coaches Poll, but fell to 19/17 following Saturday night’s loss to the Oklahoma Sooners.

Oklahoma continues to be the highest ranked Big 12 team, moving up one spot in the latest rankings to number 8. Oklahoma has one final showdown with #10 Oklahoma State, the only other ranked Big 12 team. The winner of the Oklahoma-Oklahoma State game will claim the Big 12 title. The winner figures to jump into the top 5 ahead of non conference winners but could still be left out of the Final Four entirely.

If a Big 12 team is able to jump into the Final Four, then the loser of Bedlam would be slated for the Sugar Bowl. The Cotton Bowl, which at one time had been a possible destination for West Virginia if it and Oklahoma State had won out, would appear to be out of the picture now that West Virginia would need to climb somewhere near the Top 8 to be available for an at-large selection.