Former NFL quarterback Christian Ponder has voiced his strong criticism of the College Football Playoff (CFP) selection process. In a recent interview with Fox News Digital, Ponder expressed his disbelief at the outcome, stating, “The result is outrageous.” He pointed out that the new system has deviated from the established precedent, which allowed undefeated Power 5 Conference champions to compete for a national championship.
Questionable Selection Criteria
Ponder particularly questioned the selection criteria that seemed to disadvantage Florida State. CFP Committee Selection Chairman Boo Corrigan cited the absence of Jordan Travis, who suffered a season-ending knee injury, as a factor in the committee’s decision. Ponder remarked, “And the fact that we’re making assumptions about potential performance because Jordan Travis got hurt… I think is completely absurd.” He drew attention to past instances where backup quarterbacks, such as Cardale Jones and Tua Tagovailoa, had led their teams to national championships.
Alleged SEC Bias
Ponder also raised concerns about a potential bias towards the Southeastern Conference (SEC). While acknowledging the SEC’s dominance in the past, he stated, “I don’t think the SEC was as strong of a conference this year, nor do I think the Big 12 was that strong of a conference this year.” Ponder believed that Florida State, despite being from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), had a strong case for inclusion based on their undefeated record and impressive victories against LSU and Florida.
Ponder concluded that the outcome of the selection process was “definitely absurd.” He emphasized the remarkable achievements of Florida State and expressed his disagreement with the committee’s decision. Regardless, Florida State will face off against Georgia in the Orange Bowl, while Michigan will play Alabama in the Rose Bowl, and Washington will compete against Texas in the Sugar Bowl. The winners of these matchups will advance to the national championship.
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