The College Football Playoff’s selection committee on Sunday announced the four teams that will contend for this season’s national championship: The first choice was an easy one, Alabama (13-0), followed by the other 3 one loss teams, Clemson (12-1), Ohio State (11-1) and Washington (12-1).
The Crimson Tide earned a somewhat home-field advantage as the playoff’s top seed, by drawing a berth in the semifinal game closer to their home campus. They will meet the fourth-seeded Washington Huskies in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta the afternoon of Dec. 31. They also play there quite often in the SEC Championship game. Clemson, the second seed, will face Ohio State, the third seed, in the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz., that evening.
The semifinal winners will meet January 9th in Tampa, Florida to decide the national title winner.
This year’s selection was not without some controversy. The first team outside the top four was Penn State (11-2), which defeated Wisconsin, 38-31, on Saturday night for the Big Ten championship. Penn State did beat Ohio State during the regular season which prevented them from playing in their conference championship game, but just barely and they did go on to have a 2nd loss during the regular season as well. Another Big Ten team, Michigan (10-2), came next in the rankings. There were some that had arguments for both of these teams to be among the top 4, but my question is…. Does it really matter? After seeing Alabama totally dominate Florida and others throughout their regular season, the national titles is theirs to lose. Knowing Nick Saban, and how well he prepares his teams, that’s not likely to happen.
How do you feel about this years selection? Which teams do you feel like draw the highest National TV Ratings?