Let’s be clear: There was no easy answer that would’ve made everyone happy. No obvious choice for the fourth and final spot in the College Football Playoff.
The selection committee was put in a no-win situation, picking among undeserving teams with uneven qualifications for the final spot in the four-team playoff. They went with one-loss Alabama, despite the Crimson Tide’s paper-thin résumé, despite Nick Saban’s traditional powerhouse lacking one signature victory, and failing to reach its conference championship game.
Criticism followed, because of course it did, and it should. The same would’ve happened if two-loss Ohio State was picked despite Urban Meyer’s team owning top-10 wins over Penn State and Wisconsin. Or USC, which lacked those big wins and had two losses, was chosen. Or anyone else, for that matter.
But fourth-seeded Alabama, which will meet No. 1 Clemson in the semifinals on New Years Day in the Sugar Bowl while No. 2 Oklahoma takes on No. 3 Georgia in Los Angeles, was not the right choice of the underwhelming options presented to the committee. The Crimson Tide’s best victory was over No. 17 LSU, a three-loss team. They didn’t pass the eye test either, certainly not over the last month at least. Alabama was out-gained by LSU, 306-299, in a 24-10 win on Nov. 4, and nearly fell to four-loss Mississippi State on Nov. 11. Seventh-ranked Auburn manhandled the Tide in the Iron Bowl on Thanksgiving weekend.
College Football Playoff committee chairman Kirby Hocutt said the 13-person panel believed Alabama was better than Ohio State, but that…Read More