The Crimson Tide got the nod Sunday for the fourth and final spot over the Buckeyes and will play Clemson on January 1 in the Sugar Bowl. That's due to Clemson, Auburn, Oklahoma and Wisconsin taking No. 1, 2, 3 and 4, respectively, entering Saturday's action.
Defending national champion Clemson (12-1) is the top seed and will play the fourth-seeded Crimson Tide for the third consecutive year in the postseason. "Ohio State had one less loss and (the Playoff committee) selected Ohio State - not a conference champ with two losses (Penn State)". Ohio State won the title in 2014, the first season of the CFP. No. 3 Georgia. The Sooners beat TCU in Saturday's Big 12 Championship Game while Georgia took down Auburn in the SEC title game.
With Alabama's No. 4 placement, it sets up a rematch of last season's national championship game won by Clemson.
"I'd say, if we lost to a team in our conference that was not ranked by 30 points, that we wouldn't be having this conversation", Saban said told Van Pelt.
The Hawkeyes hammered Ohio State 55-24, and the black mark on the Buckeyes' resume was too much for the playoff committee to overlook.
Alabama was chosen despite not winning even its division title. "And so we played three top-five teams, and we won two of them". "I was kind of hoping that we had those good wins". And the Tide's inclusion also means its the first time the playoff has taken two teams from the same conference. Especially after Sunday afternoon's announcement, with Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia and Alabama making the playoff. It's Oklahoma's second playoff appearance.
Alabama's inclusion also means the playoff has not included a two-loss team in each of its first four seasons. It will go up against overwhelming Heisman Trophy favorite Baker Mayfield and a Sooner offense that is the best in America.
Wisconsin finished in sixth place in the College Football Playoff rankings.
That the most controversial playoff pick yet came down to these two teams made it an even juicer plotline.