by Ryan Helms: staff writer
The College Football playoff is a new, annual postseason tournament in college football for the NCAA’s Division I FBS. Four teams play in two semifinals games, and the winners advance to the College Football Playoff National Championship.
To decide the four top teams in college football, a group of twelve individuals with experience as coaches, student-athletes, college administrators, journalists and athletic directors, come together to form the Selection Committee. The members of the committee are: Kirby Hocutt, Barry Alvarez, Jeff Bower, Herb Deromedi, Tom Jernstedt, Bobby Johnson, Jeff Long, Rob Mullens, Dan Radakovich, Condoleeza Rice, Steve Wieberg and Tyrone Willingham. The responsibilities of the selection committee is to rank the top twenty-five teams and assign the top four to the playoffs; assign teams to New Year’s bowls; create competitive matchups; attempt to avoid rematches of regular-season games and the repeat appearances in specific bowls. The selection committee ranks the teams based on conference championships won, strength of schedule, head-to-head results and comparison of results against common opponents and other factors. In a unique regular season where every game counts the college playoff preserves the excitement and significance of college football.
“I am super hype for this year’s playoff! Alabama is a clear favorite for this year.” said Levi Weiser.
The selection for the top four teams this year was a difficult and controversial decision especially the fourth and final spot. Coming in at No. 1 was Alabama with a 13-0 record and a SEC Championship. At No. 2 was Clemson with a 12-1 record and an ACC Championship. At No. 3 to play Clemson was Ohio State with an 11-1 record and remarkable wins versus Michigan and Oklahoma. The 4th spot however was a troublesome decision for the committee, because there were two deserving teams for that spot. Washington finished the season with a 12-1 record and defeated Colorado for the PAC-12 Championship. Penn. State with an 11-2 record, had a great head to head win versus Ohio State and defeated Wisconsin for the BIG-10 Championship. With the media split on who deserved that last spot, the selection committee came together for their last decision and chose Washington to complete the College Football Playoff for this Season.
“While it was challenging conversation that went hours upon hours … Washington deserves that No. 4 spot and the selection committee believes they are a better team compared to Penn. State”, said Kirby Hocutt the College Football Playoff Selection Committee Chair to ESPN.
Tune in Live on ESPN December 31 to watch the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl as No.1 Alabama Crimson Tide take on the No.4 Washington Huskies at 3pm ET. Right after at 7pm ET on ESPN the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl No.2 Clemson Tigers will play the No.3 Ohio State Buckeyes. The winners of both these games will play one another live on ESPN at 8pm ET for the College Football Playoff National Championship.