BC Snubbed from First CFP Rankings Despite Statement Wins Against Colgate, UMass
YAWKEY CENTER – Audible gasps permeated throughout the Boston College Football facility Tuesday evening as it became clear that the Eagles (4-4) would not be one of the 25 teams in this season’s first College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings. The selection committee, which considered factors such as strength of schedule, cool uniforms, and marquee wins, evidently didn’t think BC’s resounding victories over powerhouses such as Colgate, UMass, and Temple were enough to earn it a spot.
When asked about the surprise snub, coach Jeff Hafley expressed frustration and disappointment. “These kids worked so hard to get where we are this season,” said Hafley, “Frankly, any team that dropped 50 points on that Colgate defense is undeniably one of the best 25 teams in the nation.”
When pressed for further explanation of their decision to exclude BC, the CFP committee cited narrow losses to NC State and unranked Syracuse as the biggest stains on its nearly perfect resume.
While disappointed at yesterday’s announcement, the team remains optimistic that a strong performance against Virginia Tech this Friday could push them over the hump and into next week’s rankings.
“The goal always has been, and still remains, a national championship this season. I have confidence that the CFP will see what I see in this team. Especially with the quarterback play as of late, I expect to bring a trophy back to Chestnut Hill,” Hafley said.