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College Football Playoff's toughest call yet simply followed the unspoken rules

College Football Playoff's toughest call yet simply followed the unspoken rules”

Putting aside the odd fact that somehow Alabama made it into the semifinals for the CFP Nationals over Ohio State despite losing to Auburn when the Buckeyes won last week, the Clemson vs Alabama rivalry is now on its 3 go-around and while Alabama's defense has been strong, the offense is struggling; especially their offensive line which struggled against Auburn's defensive line two weeks earlier.

A one-loss Big Ten team will never be turned away from the playoff, unless it misses out because of another one-loss Big Ten team. The eight-team bracket allows for more teams to have a shot at the crown while still maintaining the importance of the regular season, one of the main things that makes college football great. All five of the Power 5 conference champions deserve at least a chance to play for a national championship, otherwise why have a Power 5?

Clemson from the ACC, Oklahoma from the BIG 12, and Georgia from the SEC all won their respective conference championships in dominant fashion. Now, teams outside the power conferences often have no chance at cracking the field from the start of the season. But that loss and being battered by 31 points two months later by a team that lost five times was not survivable. Let's lay this out for this year. On the national playoff committee's own website, it states: The selection committee ranks the teams based on the members' evaluation of the teams' performance on the field, using conference championships won, strength of schedule, head-to-head results, and comparison of results against common opponents to decide among teams that are comparable.

The new format fixes this, but at the same time, opens the doors for teams such as Alabama, arguably the best team in the country, to make the playoffs, even without earning a berth in its conference championship. "So we always know it there will be years where certain conferences don't have a team in". It doesn't. Yet, with automatic bids for conference champions, it would have received one. Why have them if they don't have any meaning? No. 5 Ohio State. In this format, awful losses kept them out of the playoff over a team with a better resume. Yet Ohio State's national championship in 2014 hasn't changed the perception that much. Alabama, which has been good to excellent most of the season, with no bad losses, occupies the fourth spot.

"A lot of ways, I think it's happened". The NCAA loves money.

Wisconsin finished 12-0, but the committee believed Alabama, Auburn and Georgia were better throughout the process, and they haven't been proven wrong.

"We would take that every year for the ACC Championship Game _ to in essence be a quarterfinal playoff game", ACC commissioner John Swofford said Friday. Today is December 5. That being said, if Alabama can get past Clemson here, they can win it all but unless Hurts can suddenly improve his passes or they find a way around Clemson's defensive line, I suspect it'll be like with Auburn once again.

You want to keep all of these meaningless bowl games?

College football's structure forces it to be different than all other major professional and college sports due to the number of teams in its top level and scarcity of games. You could have a sub-.500 record and still make the playoffs because you won your division. The money is spread around, including about $80 million combined for the five FBS conferences that aren't part of the Power Five. There is constant debate each year about which conferences are better and which are overrated. "Because if you're going to compare us to all these other conferences, let's play by the same rules".

Pushing the playoff to six-or-eight teams means some team is going to have to play 15 or 16 games.



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