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Former Tide corner Fernando Bryant: 'Can't have a playoff without Alabama'

Former Tide corner Fernando Bryant: 'Can't have a playoff without Alabama'

This year, the Tigers will play Alabama in the semifinal round of the College Football Playoff in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on New Year's Day. The Dawgs will face Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl, making their first trip to the Pasadena since 1943.

Tide or Buckeyes was the question facing the selection committee, the toughest call in the four-year history of the playoff. Should the selection committee have picked Ohio State, the Big Ten champion?

The selection committee has two rules it doesn't like to talk about. Alabama joins SEC champion Georgia and an all-SEC title game on January 8 is possible. Their opponents combined for a 78-54 record, as opposed to Ohio State's 42-ranked strength of schedule, along with wins over Penn State, Michigan State and Wisconsin. What about Southern California, the champion of the Pac-12?

"Well, I'm close with Dabo because he was a coach at Alabama when I was there, but Dabo already has his championship, so I hope Alabama beats the brakes off of him", Bryant said laughing.

"As we saw Alabama play week in and week in out, the selection committee believed Alabama was the better football team", Hocutt told ESPN.

The first: If you're Alabama, you're in.

"The way Saban has recruited and the guys he has coming in and what he does with them when they get there, you can't match it right now".

"It's just unreal", Bryant said regarding Saban.

College Football Playoff is an imperfect response to an unanswerable question
The committee rolled with the Tide and stayed on the task of choosing the best teams, regardless of conference affiliation. The obvious answer is yes, an expanded playoff would give more team the chance to compete for a National Championship.

"You can't have a playoff without Alabama, at least that's what we have shown over the past couple years", Bryant said. Last season, Clemson defeated the Crimson Tide 35-31 on a last-second touchdown.

After seeing the likes of Deshaun Watson, Mike Williams, Wayne Gallman and others depart for the National Football League, many believed the Tigers would see their run in the ACC come to a halt. The Tigers won another Atlantic Coast Conference championship with Kelly Bryant as the quarterback.

This game will primarily be decided by how well the Oklahoma defense can perform against the bruising Georgia offense. The Bulldogs have surged in their second season under coach Kirby Smart.

The first two times were in the last two national championship games.

Oklahoma is in the playoff for the second time and will likely bring the Heisman Trophy victor. If so, Mayfield will be the third player to go from winning the Heisman on to the playoff, joining Oregon's Marcus Mariota in 2014 and Alabama's Derrick Henry in 2015. Most talented or most accomplished?

Here's a recap of what the Top four teams did this week.

However, analysts pointed to Ohio State's embarrassing 55-24 loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes as the main reason that Ohio State didn't get the nod at number four. Not every team makes it to the playoff so price may not be a problem for you. "One of the things with college football, you can go tempo and it try to wear down a defensive front", Herbstreit said.

In the Top 25 released earlier Sunday, Alabama was fourth by a mere seven points over No. 5 Ohio State, but the committee's process is not the same as the traditional polls. The final spot came down to Penn State and Washington and the Huskies won out.


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