PSU got screwed.
Forget the September losses, it’s supposed to be the 4 best teams at the end of the season. And conference championships ARE supposed to mean something. (remember OSU getting in over TCU?). That’s why they want conferences to have them. Otherwise, there’s no incentive to give another top ranked team a loss.
Sorry, September losses count just like September wins do. I don’t know of any sport that doesn’t use the losses (or wins) from the first month of the season. If Penn State didn’t lose twice, they would be in and there would be no questions. If OSU had lost twice, Penn State would have been in as well. It has nothing to do with Paterno ignoring the whole Sandusky issue.
I’ll bet you went to Penn State.
Don’t worry, after USC beats them in the Rose Bowl, you won’t need to worry about whether or not they were one of the Top 4 teams.