Earlier today, the College Football Playoff committee made their decision of who the best four teams in the nation are. This list does not include Texas A&M. As usual, not everyone loved their choices. Namely, Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond. After the committee excluded the 8-1 Aggies from the college football playoff, Mond took to Twitter to voice his opinion.
SEC Stands for Strongest Existing Conference, Right?
Clearly, Mond did not agree with the ruling on the field. Later, he sent out another Tweet that stated The Aggie’s case to be in the College Football Playoff.
“’Texas A&M has no quality wins.’ All of these SEC teams that are “MEDIOCRE” in the media’s eyes would run the table in some of these other leagues. Only a few teams out of the SEC can really play in the SEC.”
To Kellen Mond’s defense, the SEC is far from the weakest conference in the FBS. In fact, the SEC is arguably the toughest conference in all of college football. Without a doubt, the toughest of the three whose teams appear in the playoff this year at the very least. However, despite the strength of the SEC, only one team from the conference appears in the playoff.
Texas A&M Just Misses on Playoff
The one team from the SEC– not Texas A&M– is Alabama, the first ranked team. Bama’s powerhouse football program has been running the table on SEC teams and the rest of the college football world for the past decade and shows no signs of slowing down.
For an SEC team, the only sure-fire ticket to the playoff (aside from being Bama, of course) is through an SEC Championship victory. Unfortunately for Texas A&M, that means the road to the College Football playoff will almost always run through Tuscaloosa. Not only do they have to beat Alabama to make it to the SEC Championship, they then have to face either Florida or Georgia, who have both proven tough battles over the past few years.
No, it’s not easy winning in the SEC. Hell, it’s tough to even survive. Especially in 2020 where all games have been in the conference, any game on the schedule is liable to cause problems. Even Arkansas, a team that hadn’t had an in-conference win in over two calendar years, put together some quality games this year.
So yes, Kellen Mond’s argument for Texas A&M has validity. The Aggies do have the resume for consideration in the College Football Playoffs. Unfortunately, the committee values conference championships and it values wins. Each of the top four teams, Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, and Notre Dame, all played in conference championships.
Notre Dame and Clemson both have one loss each at the hands of the other. And for those reasons, the Texas A&M Aggies sit on the outside looking in. Instead of a Playoff berth, the Aggies will play in the Orange Bowl against the North Carolina Tarheels. The game will take place in Miami on January 2.