Georgia, Alabama make four-team playoff

The Buckeyes' 55-24 loss to an unranked Iowa (7-5) on November 4 proved too much for the 13 committee members to overcome, especially in light of the fact that Alabama hasn't lost to an unranked team in the last decade and has never lost any game under Saban by more than 14 points.

The Buckeyes were on the outside looking in of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee's final top four, losing out on that critical fourth spot to 11-1 Alabama - which did not win its division, much less conference championship. Georgia put itself in position to make the playoff after a road win over Notre Dame in Week 2 and with the exception of their loss to the Tigers, the Bulldogs rolled through SEC play, winning by an average of 29 points in their seven regular season SEC victories.

A week before Alabama's 26-14 loss to Auburn, the Crimson Tide steamrolled past 5-6 Mercer, a team most sports fans only know for busting their brackets in 2014.

A two-loss team has never made the College Football Playoff.

Clemson will be making its second appearance in the Sugar Bowl.

I thought Ohio State would be picked because this would have been the most expedient result for the committee.


This is the first time a team from the Big Ten Conference did not make the playoff.

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett threw touchdown passes and two interceptions in the win against the Badgers.

Perhaps the most newsworthy item is that the Big Ten and Pac-12 were shutout of the College Football Playoff. Oklahoma won the Big 12 championship Saturday by whipping TCU and possesses the expected Heisman Trophy victor, quarterback Baker Mayfield.

Despite not playing in the SEC Championship and a relative lack of perceived quality wins, Alabama beat Florida State when the Seminoles were ranked No. 3 in the AP Top 25 Poll, in addition to wins over LSU and Mississippi State. But the 13-person selection committee that chooses the postseason field has now set a risky precedent.

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  • Kara Saunders