CFB Playoff committee chair admits there was 'contentious' debate about final spot

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There were no conference champions with fewer than two losses (barring UCF), so the committee was justified in putting in Alabama.

Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley celebrates his team's victory in the Big 12 Championship. They were followed by No. 2 Clemson, who won the ACC Championship over Pitt, 42-10.

Who covers Alabama vs. Oklahoma and Notre Dame vs. Clemson?

Georgia had both two losses and a blowout loss (at LSU, by 20 in October).

Ohio State is in the Big Ten where Frost now coaches, and the Buckeyes were ranked No. 6 in the final CFP rankings.

"All they did was punch their ticket into the opportunity in the Playoff to win a National Championship, so now it's go-time", Kelly said. "Every combination was vetted, looking at their full body of work, their resumes side-by-side".

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Bowden went 1-11 in his first season at Akron and finished 35-52, going 23-33 record in Mid-American Conference play. Winning a conference championship is better than not.

The Sooners in the playoff will make things very interesting. "It's about picking the best four teams", many of them claimed, and, without offering any substantial evidence, claimed that Georgia was among the four best teams.

Ohio State easily defeated Northwestern in the Big 10 Conference Championship, 45-24, but had a glaring gaffe on its season. The Rock ended their season 11-3.

Only two coaches ranked UCF at No. 4 in the Coaches Poll. "I've obviously seen it on TV". "That was a tough job, now". Add three wild cards so talking heads and fans can still bicker over what teams are best - a tradition as old as sports. The committee strained over Oklahoma, Georgia or Ohio State in the fourth spot. The Rebels hit Nick Saban's team in the mouth out of the gate, but their defense had zero answers and then the game got entirely away from Ole Miss in a blowout. Instead, the Bulldogs lost but played well enough to allow coach Kirby Smart to make that case that Georgia should remain in the top four.

For most of the game, Georgia played perfectly, capitalizing on every Alabama miscue and almost landing several knockout blows. Nobody even considered that Georgia could still be alive with a loss in that game; the consensus was that if Georgia lost, it was unequivocally out of the conversation.

The guardians of the postseason insist this is not a problem, but a desire to engage more fans in more parts of the country is one of the reasons playoff expansion is inevitable.