The College Football Playoff committee unveiled its first rankings of the 2016 season on Tuesday, with Alabama (8-0), Clemson (8-0), Michigan (8-0) and Texas A&M (7-1) occupying the top four spots. Washington (8-0), despite being undefeated, was No. 5.
A lot of people had problems with this. Houston Nutt did not.
“I really didn’t,” the CBS Sports Network college football analyst said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “It’s early. Everyone’s talking about Texas A&M and what in the world are they doing up there, but when you look at it, this team is fun to watch. And you look at their schedule. Again, that’s kind of the message the committee is ending out: Hey, you got to play some people.”
The Aggies are 3-1 against ranked opponents with wins over then-No. 16 UCLA, then-No. 17 Arkansas and then-No. 9 Tennessee. Their only loss, albeit by 19 points, came against No. 1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Washington, meanwhile, played an extremely weak non-conference schedule: Rutgers (2-6), Idaho (4-4) and Portland State (2-6). The Huskies won those games by a combined 148-30.
Still, if Washington wins out, it will surely be in the top four.
“I think Washington is really sitting in a good spot,” Nutt said. “I think there’s a lot of Washington Huskies upset they wasn’t in the four-spot, but hey, that is really a perfect scenario if you’re sitting in a team meeting with Coach Petersen and the guys. All we got to do is control what we can control, and that’s the next game.”
Washington plays at Cal (4-4) this Saturday at 10:30 p.m. ET.