SCORESHEET/BY STEVE BRANDON/PORTLAND TRIBUNE/Frost's Central Florida team might not have deserved playoff spot despite undefeated record, but Clemson and Oklahoma didn't live up to 1-2 spots, either

MICHAEL WORKMAN PHOTO - Steven Nelson, former Oregon State defensive back, will help lead the Kansas City Chiefs defense into the NFL playoffs this weekend against the Tennessee Titans.Coach Scott Frost of Central Florida/Nebraska says the College Football Playoff committee made a "conscious effort" throughout the regular season to keep undfeated UCF out of the four-team postseason.

I'm inclined to believe the committee did just that, although it's hard to say Central Florida passed all the eyeball and smell tests as well as Georgia, Oklahoma, Alabama and Clemson in the regular season.

UCF's 34-27 win Monday over Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl was the Knights' biggest victory, by quality-of-opponent standards.

Maybe UCF (now 13-0) could have beaten Clemson or Alabama or Oklahoma or Georgia. Not so sure, though. The question is whether the Knights deserved a shot, even if they would have been considered an underdog.

The committee is in no position not be questioned or second-guessed. It basically picked what it considered the four best teams, in spite of their number of losses, and makes its best guesses, just like the rest of us.

And, based on Monday's results, the committee was wrong on at least two of two counts — as No. 3 seed Georgia beat No. 2 Oklahoma 54-48 in two overtimes, and Alabama knocked off the committee's top seed, Clemson, 24-6.

UCF wasn't fifth in the final CFP rankings (Ohio State got that spot). Frost's team was 12th, behind bowl-season losers Auburn (seventh), USC (eighth), Miami (10th) and Washington (11th).

In that and other ways, the committee didn't do well in its ultimate test, either.


The Oregon Ducks women's basketball team is No. 10 in this week's USA Today/WBCA Coaches poll and ninth in The Associated Press rankings.

Oregon State is 17th and 16th, respectively.


Players with Oregon ties who will be in NFL wild-card playoff games this weekend and the schedule:

  • Saturday

    Tennessee at Kansas City, 1:30 p.m.

    Atlanta at Los Angeles Rams, 5:15 p.m.


    Buffalo at Jacksonville, 10 a.m.

    Carolina at New Orleans, 1:40 p.m.

  • Tennessee — Marcus Mariota, from the University of Oregon, quarterback

    Kansas City — Kenneth Acker, Grant High, defensive back; Terrance Mitchell, UO, cornerback; Steven Nelson, Oregon State, cornerback; De'Anthony Thomas, UO, running back/wide receiver

    Atlanta — Sean Harlow, Oregon State, guard; Andy Levitre, OSU, guard; Terron Ward, OSU, running back

    L.A. Rams — Samson Ebukam, David Douglas High, linebacker; Troy Hill, UO, cornerback; Sean Mannion, OSU, quarterback; Johnny Mundt, OSU, punter

    Buffalo — Jordan Poyer, OSU, safety

    Jacksonville — 

    Carolina — Derek Anderson, OSU, quarterback; Jarius Byrd, UO, safety; Ed Dickson, UO, tight end; Jonathan Stewart, UO, running back

    New Orleans — Max Unger, UO, center


    • The Blazers are at Cleveland, 4 p.m. PT. The sometimes-curious Cavaliers have lost three in a row (to Golden State, Sacramento and Utah). Kevin Love, the former Lake Oswego High star, is starting at center for the Cavs and averaging 20.2 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. LeBron James is at 27.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 9.2 assists in 30.3 minutes per game. He ranks third in the NBA in scoring behind Houston's James Harden (32.3) and Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo (29.0). James is second in the league in assists behind Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (10.0).

    • Concordia's men will play host to nationally ranked Western Oregon in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference rivalry game at 7 p.m.

    • Portland Interscholastic League basketball resumes.

    Boys games: Cleveland at Lincoln, Roosevelt at Benson, Madison at Franklin, Wilson at Grant, all at 7:15 p.m.

    Girls games: Benson at Roosevelt, Grant at Wilson, Lincoln at Cleveland, Franklin at Madison, all at 7:15 p.m.

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