Oh it's possible, but I don't trust the objectivity of the committee. I think they'd love to stick it to Saban given his public waffling on who should get in (win your conference / not win your conference). Plus is this really the year the SEC deserves two teams in the playoff?
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Basically if Ohio State holds on here the resumes are as such- Bama has one top 20 win (LSU) and one good loss (Auburn on the road.) Ohio State will have three top 20 wins, including two in the top 10, a good loss (OU) and then the really bad Iowa loss. Plus they will be conference champions.
So basically it's, do two extra top ten wins and a conference championship outweigh one really bad loss? To me it does. To an Alabama fan? Probably not. Neither team is completely "deserving", but both teams could justifiably go, I guess.
ETA- Talking about the rankings as they stand now, not at the time the game was played, obviously.
I think the close nature of the game will give the committee a little less incentive to jump Bama if they are inclined to put them in. I don't really have a dog in the fight, as I'm not a fan of either team. If Bama gets in they'll have to beat Clemson and the winner of Georgia/Oklahoma, so they'll damn sure be earning it.
Another year, another time I have to reiterate how annoying I find it that the talking heads talk about "the eye test" and the talent of the team more than a team's resume. Now, if you think Alabama's resume is better than OSU's, fine. But argue that. Don't tell me Alabama is more talented. If it's about talent, then give out trophies for recruiting. I don't care if someone thinks Alabama would beat OSU on a neutral field. I always think Alabama is going to win when they play. All that should matter is who has done the most to earn their way into the final fou on the field. If they do it with less talent, then more power to them.
FSU sucking didn't help, but if they give Clemson leeway with the, "Their QB was injured" line, they should also look that Bama was the only team to play FSU at full strength. It's a close debate, I'm obviously biased, but if they break 2 of their "rules" for OSU in back to back years, I want Delaney off the committee.
Wisconsin winning or OSU winning comfortably probably would have been enough to keep Bama out. But the close, yet not particularly exciting nature of the Big Ten championship game just gave me a feeling it was the one scenario that would ensure things would go Alabama's way (again.) Add to it with the fact that the way the final rankings shook out guaranteed that we'd get another Bama/Clemson matchup in the semifinal, to go along with the actual title game itself, and I think it was too much for the committee to pass up. I can't say I love the decision, because I think OSU had the slightly better resume when you consider everything, but it was close enough to a coin flip that it doesn't rise to the level of a travesty of sports' justice, or anything like that.
They didn't just win the conference, though. They also had two additional top ten wins. SEC people would always cite just how tough their league is, and want to be rewarded for playing more ranked opponents in their league. This year it went the other way, though. It was the Big Ten team who had to play extra top ten conference foes, and suffered one additional slip up.
The committee has been saying all along, often in a roundabout way, that no criteria is set in stone. The company line seems to be, "it's all important/we look at all of it", which is a nonanswer. Again, if anyone argues the Iowa loss is so bad that it outweighs two additional top ten wins, and a conference championship, I'm not gonna argue. I just disagree. But if the argument, as I believe Herbstreit mentioned last night, is that OSU had the better resume, but Alabama passed the eye test, and therefore the committee is justified putting them in, that bugs me. It should be about what you've accomplished during the season. Not how good you look.
Enjoyed the ULM game this weekend and was super happy for Odell Haggins, the interim HC. He's been with FSU forever. I'm expecting Taggart to be signed and excited about a new coaching staff. Sucks about how Jimbo ended it, but what can I do about it. Good luck to him in the SEC and having to play Alabama, Auburn, and LSU every season.
UCF grabbed two SEC coordinators today: Missouri OC Josh Heupel as their new head coach and Florida DC Randy Shannon as their defensive coordinator. Both sound like good hires; Heupel took an offense that was ranked in the 120s and took it to #13, while Shannon should help with recruiting in the state, having been in the north with Florida and the south with UM. Let's just hope the Oklahoma job doesn't open up any time soon...
You're welcome to him. He was adversarial with everyone outside his circle, and the Ducks weren't exactly good this year. I'm baffled, he must make a great sales pitch for himself.
Hope FSU players like rhabdomyolysis.
I almost feel like the UCF and FSU hires are as much about the guys who stand to inherit the job when the head coaches inevitably move on -- Shannon and Leavitt -- as they were about who got the main gig.
"Muh strayuss? Hyuck."
Gotta love the South. Where even an ostensibly healthy portion of food is covered in artery clogging sauce.
This guy will probably go 10-2 every year, Mangy. Until he dies of a coronary at 58.
Army/Navy is my favorite day of the year. Love everything associated with the game, and Jeff Monken helping Army end the streak last year means a lot of renewed vigor with the rivalry this year.
Getting to an Army/Navy game is one of my bucket list items.