I just went through the exercise of comparing Florida and Utah on a game-by-game basis.
The Utes went unbeaten, but the Gators performed better over 14 games despite losing one.
Despite a convoluted system, college football has a correct champion. But will it get No. 2 right?
In one corner are the 13-0 Utes. In the other is 12-1 Texas, which was the real best team in the Big 12.
So let’s line ‘em up, with the advantage taking into account opponent quality, margin of victory and game site:
|1||vs. Oklahoma (45-35) ||vs. Alabama (31-17) ||Even|
|2||vs. Ohio State (24-21)||TCU (13-10)||Even|
|3||at Texas Tech (33-39)||Oregon State (31-28) ||Utah X2|
|4||Oklahoma State (28-24) ||Brigham Young (48-24) ||Utah|
|5||Missouri (56-31)||at Air Force (30-23)||Texas|
|6||Rice (52-10)||Colorado State (49-16)||Texas|
|7||at Kansas (35-7)||at Michigan (25-23)||Texas|
|8||at Colorado (38-14)||UNLV (42-21)||Texas|
|9||Arkansas (52-10)||at New Mexico (13-10)||Texas|
|10||Baylor (45-21)||at Wyoming (40-7)||Texas|
|11||Texas A&M (49-9)||at Utah State (58-10)||Even|
|12||Florida Atlantic (52-10)||Weber State (37-21)||Texas|
|13||at UTEP (42-13)||at San Diego St. (63-14) ||Utah|
Because the top of the schedule favors Utah, someone can credibly rank the Utes at No. 2. It’s also plausible for a voter to give Texas the nod there. Either way, it’s a legitimate debate,