Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, Buckeyes react to College Football Playoff snub

The Bulldogs are the No. 3 seed and the Crimson Tide the No. 4 seed, with Clemson and Oklahoma taking the top two spots.

Tide or Buckeyes was the question facing the selection committee, the toughest call in the four-year history of the playoff. Oklahoma's resume only improved since then, with wins over Oklahoma State, TCU (twice, including in the Big 12 Championship), and West Virginia.

Alabama (11-1) made the cut despite being idle Saturday and not winning the SEC title. Clemson won the title last season, while Alabama won it two years ago.

The NCAA selection committee voted in Alabama, with an 11-1 record, over Ohio State, with an 11-2 record. Ohio State won the Big Ten while Alabama did not even win its Southeastern Conference division. "And so we played three top-five teams, and we won two of them". And, more importantly, we're missing out on what could be one of the best postseasons in sports if we ever got an eight-team playoff.

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The Tide's inclusion into the playoff means we get a third-straight playoff matchup between Alabama and Clemson.

The Buckeyes' 55-24 loss to an unranked Iowa (7-5) on November 4 proved too much for the 13 committee members to overcome, especially in light of the fact that Alabama hasn't lost to an unranked team in the last decade and has never lost any game under Saban by more than 14 points.

Just check out the matchups we would have been able to watch, based on the top-eight in the College Football Playoff rankings... Quarterback Baker Mayfield is the favorite to win the award next weekend. It's Oklahoma's second playoff appearance. Favoring a one-loss team without any substantial wins costs the fans more than it even costs the Buckeyes in the long term. Also, they are the teams the rest of college football loves to hate, the teams that always seem to get the benefit of the doubt in the rankings.

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