For the first time in the short history of the College Football Playoff, there are two teams from one conference among the final four.
Clemson (12-1) held onto the top spot and the playoff's top overall seed following its convincing 38-3 win over then-No.
Saturday brought us the final games before the College Football Playoff committee makes their final poll. "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".
I thought Ohio State would be picked because this would have been the most expedient result for the committee.
Ohio State won the Big Ten conference championship with a 27-21 victory over previous No. 4 Wisconsin (12-1) late Saturday, but also had one more loss than Alabama. Ohio State won the Big Ten while Alabama did not even win its Southeastern Conference division.
Alabama stayed ahead of Ohio State in the final College Football Playoff rankings and made the playoff for a fourth-straight season. "I was kind of hoping that we had those good wins".
Ohio State* didn't make the College Football Playoff, and the Buckeyes' loss to 7-5 Iowa is why they won't play for a national championship. "And so we played three top-five teams, and we won two of them".
The Tide's inclusion into the playoff means we get a third-straight playoff matchup between Alabama and Clemson.
Quarterback Baker Mayfield is playing like the Heisman Trophy frontrunner and Oklahoma's offense is a well-oiled machine at this point. The Tigers were the hottest team in the country in November, taking down two No. 1 teams at home, so a 26-14 loss to Auburn certainly isn't the worst loss among the teams in the playoff field.
Wisconsin finished in sixth place in the College Football Playoff rankings. Favoring a one-loss team without any substantial wins costs the fans more than it even costs the Buckeyes in the long term.