Georgia, Alabama make four-team playoff

Tricia Pearson
December 4, 2017

Alabama was a slight favorite over Clemson and Oklahoma, with Georgia trailing behind those three teams. That's due to Clemson, Auburn, Oklahoma and Wisconsin taking No. 1, 2, 3 and 4, respectively, entering Saturday's action. But the 13-person selection committee that chooses the postseason field has now set a unsafe precedent.

It was down to the Tide and the Buckeyes (11-2) for the final spot and the committee ultimately went with Nick Saban's squad. Ohio State won the title in 2014, the first season of the CFP.

The Bulldogs will play against the Sooners on Jan.1.

With Alabama's No. 4 placement, it sets up a rematch of last season's national championship game won by Clemson.

"I really do believe based on the total body of work that our team really deserved to be in", Saban said. And with a big-name team like Ohio State - an 11-2 conference champ - being left out, you can expect calls for an expanded playoff field to only get louder.

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"As we saw Alabama play week in and week in out, the selection committee believed Alabama was the better football team", Hocutt told ESPN.

Alabama earned the fourth spot in the College Football Playoff that was announced Sunday. "I was kind of hoping that we had those good wins".

Clemson won it's third straight ACC Championship this season, beating Miami 38-3 Saturday night. "Three against the top 16 teams in America", Meyer told ESPN.

Not only had no team ever made the playoff with two losses, but none had as ugly a stain on its resume as Ohio State's 31-point loss at Iowa.

With how chaotic the final weeks of the season were, it raised the question of, if four is too small a number for the playoff field? This is Oklahoma's second appearance, and the first time for Georgia. Alabama's best win this year came over an LSU team that lost at home to Troy and a Florida State team that finished sixth in its own division. But this is most likely a battle between two teams who are used to winning the CFB Championship.

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