Friday, 15 December, 2017

Alabama joins Clemson, Georgia, Oklahoma for college football playoffs

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Spencer Simpson | 04 December, 2017, 00:36

That's due to Clemson, Auburn, Oklahoma and Wisconsin taking No. 1, 2, 3 and 4, respectively, entering Saturday's action.

The Crimson tide and Tigers will both be making their third playoff appearances, tying each other for the most appearances in the four-year life of the CFP.

I thought Ohio State would be picked because this would have been the most expedient result for the committee. Wisconsin, which lost to the Buckeyes in the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday to suffer its first loss, dropped from No. 4 to No. 6. Saturday was the Bulldogs' first SEC title since 2005 and they're probably rewarded with the team's first trip to the Rose Bowl since 1943. Clemson won the title last season, while Alabama won it two years ago. "You got to look at the total body of work that the team did for the entire season, and I would say that if we lost to a team in our conference that was not ranked by 30 points, that you wouldn't be having this conversation". The debate heading into Sunday's announcement regards whether Ohio State or Alabama should make the playoff. This year, the committee bypassed the Buckeyes to take Alabama, which, like Ohio State in 2016, failed to win its own conference division. Teams don't play well extremely well after they play us. "And I think that that consideration based on the kind of team they had then is very important".

Oklahoma is in the playoff for the second time and will likely bring the Heisman Trophy victor.

College football fans: I hope you're ready for Alabama-Louisiana Lafayette next season, because the College Football Playoff committee just gave the green light for more snoozers like that one. Quarterback Baker Mayfield is the favorite to win the award next weekend. Three teams seem like locks for the playoff.

Clemson is back in the playoff for a third-straight season. "So, even though we didn't win the game, there's a physical toll that a good football team takes on another team, even if they don't win the game".

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