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Clemson football players will receive nice Sugar Bowl gifts

Clemson football players will receive nice Sugar Bowl gifts

Oklahoma was No. 2, Georgia was No. 3 and Alabama got the fourth spot. This debate has become a national pastime, repeated every December.

Putting aside the unusual 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.

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. Had he gone to college, though, James claims he would have attended Ohio State.

The two primary contenders for the No. 4 spot had flawed résumés, and expansion would invite even more flawed résumés to a party that should be reserved for perfection - or at least something close to it. Expansion would shift the goal of the playoff away from excellence, favoring access instead.

In total, the re-rank considered two factors in Ohio State's corner while still considering the team's ugly loss to Iowa in November. But the Buckeyes did win the Big Ten championship by beating previously unbeaten Wisconsin. Fourteen of those 16 won conference championships. While the selection committee undervalued Central Florida, placing the Knights at 12th in the final poll, the re-rank has UCF in sixth after ending the regular season as the lone unbeaten team in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The Crimson Tide's 26-14 loss at Auburn on rivalry weekend left their fate in the hands of the committee, as Auburn's victory clinched the SEC West and kept Bama out of the SEC title game.

Expanding the playoff would only pile more of them on.

That wasn't the case for No. 5 Ohio State, which found itself on the outside of the Playoff field a year after making it as a non-conference champion when a two-loss Penn State won the Big Ten last season. This is a first.

There just needs to be eight teams instead of four.

And the rich get richer.

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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. The mid-majors are falling further and further behind every year. Maybe even the glacially slow-acting people who run college football could fix it, but probably not. Everyone knows the answer. In this format, bad losses kept them out of the playoff over a team with a better resume.

In the National Basketball Association, 16 of 30 teams advance to the playoffs (53 percent of all teams). The national college football playoffs include just 3 percent of all teams.

But above all, an eight-team playoff eliminates conversations like the Alabama-Ohio State debate this season. MI and Penn State lost New Year's Day Six bowls to FSU and USC, respectively. Now, teams outside the power conferences often have no chance at cracking the field from the start of the season.

With 130 FBS teams, there will always be subjectivity.

Out of the top 25: North Carolina State.

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. There's no metric for that, but it's a thought process that happens all the time in college football.

To that point, however, how does a Power 5 conference champion not get that chance?

A lot of terminology has been spewed about which teams belong and which teams shouldn't, i.e. better, most-deserving, eye test. Nearly immediately, the cry from the nation was to expand the playoff.


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