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LeBron James responds to Ohio State's exclusion from the College Football Playoff”

Was there anything Ohio State could have done to convince the College Football Playoff selection committee it was more deserving of the final playoff spot than Alabama?

In my ideal world, each Power 5 conference victor gets an automatic berth into the playoffs.

It also doesn't hurt that Alabama and Ohio State would settle their debate on the field.

In conclusion, I will say it again, all you fans who are complaining about the Crimson Tide making it into the playoff over the Buckeyes need to take a step back and look at how the rankings ended up previous year, and look at OSU's loses compared to Bama's.

"I really hate to admit, but we have recruits in for official visits this weekend and I was actually bringing one of those recruits to my office, so I was in the auto and kind of missed (the announcement)", Saban said on ESPN from inside the Alabama football facility Sunday afternoon. This theoretically gives every Group of 5 team a chance to play for a national title. I would also argue that the top-ranked team outside of the Power 5, in this year's case UCF, should be allowed for a shot into the playoff. The next three teams will be at-large selections.

"You want to get the four best teams into the playoff... you got to look at the entire body of work that the team did for the entire season" Coach Saban said.

Then, they threw all that out the window and selected Alabama - an also-ran in the SEC whose schedule ranks 56th according to the Sagarin ratings.

But conference titles should mean something, right? Why have them if they don't have any meaning? Its best win is over No. 17 LSU with Ohio State having three that were viewed as better in the eyes of the CFP Selection Committee (No. 6 Wisconsin, No. 9 Penn State and No. 16 Michigan State). One of the way it can do better is by expanding the current playoff format to include eight teams. The program of Ohio State, Ohio's giant, shares the state with a heap of impressive smaller-tier programs, but hogs all the Power Five adoration.

There had already been movement toward tearing up the unpopular Bowl Championship Series, but the all-Southeastern Conference championship game was the final blow. Today is December 5.

While there is still one game left before the start of bowl play - Army and Navy meet on Saturday - this will be the final re-rank until after the conclusion of the postseason.

Give me excellence over access any day - even if that makes it hard for the general public and those of us in immersed in the college football world to define. In every other sport in this country, if you win your division, you make the playoffs.

Thus did Brown, that former lobbyist for his Texas team in 2008, when it beat Oklahoma but missed the BCS Championship Game because Oklahoma (uh-oh) won the conference, conduct this nutty huff Sunday afternoon, in protest: "Conference championships don't matter". 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". The first-round games would be played at the home stadium of the higher-seeded team. To see who the best of the best is?

Tide or Buckeyes was the toughest call for the committee in the four-year history of the playoff.



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