Kirby Hocutt is the Athletic Director at Texas Tech and also the chairman for the College Football Playoff selection committee. After the rankings were released on Tuesday night, he was on a conference call with reporters to talk about specific teams. Louisville and their spot at 7 was asked about, and here is what he had to say.
Louisville is a team that has had a lot of dominant performances. Their only loss on the road was a close game at Clemson. Why did they end up coming in below two other one-loss teams?
KIRBY HOCUTT: Louisville was a team that the committee talked in depth about over the last two days. The committee was impressed that Louisville continues to win. The only loss is to our No. 2 ranked Clemson. Their schedule is not as strong as the two teams that you alluded to. Their only win against a team with a winning record was against Florida State. Obviously a very impressive win there, but when you look at Ohio State at 7-1 and Texas A&M at the 4 spot at 7-1, the committee just did not believe at this time that their schedule is as strong as those other two one-loss teams.
As it relates to Louisville, did the fact that they won very narrowly against Duke and then this past week against Virginia, did that diminish their outlook at all?
KIRBY HOCUTT: Well, I would say that each week is important. Each week every team has an opportunity to strengthen or weaken their résumé. You know, as we look at strength of schedule, we’re also within our discussions talking about how they performed on the field, and we spent considerable time talking about the games, the eye test, and I would say that each week a team has a chance to strengthen their résumé or weaken their résumé, so we’re watching, but as I said earlier, they continue to win, and there’s a lot of football left to be played.