It really comes down to this guys. The CFP, if they could avoid the outrage and backlash, would put the access bowl invite schools at 23-25 in every poll. To illustrate this they would have…
but to avoid the appearance of just trying to show which school gets the access slot, they spread the schools out a little bit. You just mentally remove a few in front of them, and that’s your non-P5 ranking.
The only reason they put non-P5 schools in the ranking at all, which I am sure they would love to just drop the charade all together, is simply to show who is in the lead for the access spot. This really is their attitude, but they tried to hide it by spreading teams away from each other. The CFP committee will NEVER… EVER… EVER rank a non-P5 team above 10. Even if Houston had gone undefeated last year, they would haven’t even sniffed the playoff.