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

Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts passes the ball during the second half of the Iron Bowl NCAA college football game against Auburn Saturday Nov. 25 2017 in Auburn Ala

Our All-State Sugar Bowl Pick: This game, for me personally, is the most exciting one there is for the Bowl Games.

The Alabama Crimson Tide and Ohio State Buckeyes were the teams most likely to earn the fourth and final spot in the College Football Playoff when the selections were announced on Sunday.

The Buckeyes, however, lost at home September 9 by 15 to Oklahoma, which will play Georgia in a final four semifinal. This debate has become a national pastime, repeated every December. If the committee had considered Alabama and Ohio State as comparable teams, that Big Ten title should've made the difference. The schedules of Ohio State and USC were loaded. I think Big Ten Champion Penn State should have been in past year and Washington should have been left out for the same reason I think Alabama should. With just four spots available, it's hard to overlook that bad of a loss.

Ohio State lost two games, one to #2 Oklahoma, but, it was not only at home, it was also a 15 point loss. The Buckeyes won at #14 Oklahoma, at #8 Wisconsin, home for #10 Nebraska and #3 MI.

Of course, everyone still values conference championships.

So, to recap, Alabama advanced to the playoffs (1) without even being the best team in its conference, and (2) without playing a game on the final weekend of the season. But instead of debating the merits of Ohio State vs Alabama, they might debate the merits of Wisconsin, Auburn, Penn State, and Miami for the final at-large spot.

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 past year, and look at OSU's loses compared to Bama's. They outgained the Hurricanes 214-331 total yards, won the turnover battle 3-1, and had more 1 downs with 18 conversions to the Hurricanes' 10. This is a first.

There just needs to be eight teams instead of four.

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And the rich get richer. A 26-14 loss at a then #6, now #7 Auburn team. That means the SEC - the Rockefellers of football - will divide $12 million. The solution is not an original idea.

A five-loss playoff team would sully the Declaration of Independence. A four-team format for a 129-team competition is simply too small. The NCAA basketball tournament includes 68 of the 347 teams (almost 20 percent).

But it would push the end of the season further into January, playoff officials will cry. The dates are already set that the semifinals are on New Year's Day and the National Championship game is the following Monday.

An eight-team field would nearly always guarantee that the deserving teams will have a chance to play for the title.

Alabama lost one game on the road to a team that beat both #3 Georgia and lost to #1 Clemson on the road by 8 points.

In the National Football League, six wild-card teams have won the Super Bowl - the 1980 Raiders, the '97 Broncos, the 2000 Ravens, the '05 Steelers, the '07 Giants and the '10 Packers. Now, teams outside the power conferences often have no chance at cracking the field from the start of the season. And polls had nothing to do with the selection of the finalists at any stage. No one associated with college football wants to do that. Again, it's simple (and not original): The winners of the Power 5 conferences are automatic qualifiers.

This size allows the committee to reward teams that play challenging schedules and may suffer a loss or two, as well as the teams that emerge victorious from the slog of conference play.

With the current College Football Playoff system set through 2025, expansion doesn't appear to be an option any time soon.

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