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I feel sorry for the CFP Playoff Committee

todayDecember 5, 2023


I feel sorry for the CFP Playoff Committee. It had an impossible job not leaving out one, but two worthy teams.


No matter how you juggle the numbers, there were simply too many excellent teams not to leave two heartbroken. Absolutely the unbeaten, ACC champion Seminoles deserved in. Ditto for Georgia, having won 29 straight games, back-to-back national titles and the No. 1 ranking until losing the SEC Championship Game by 3 points to once-beaten Alabama.


Unbeaten and conference champions Michigan and Washington were locks. Alabama leaped from 8th to 4th, one spot below Texas, the only team to beat the Tide.


Think about the small handful of plays that meant so much. None was bigger than the broken leg suffered by FSU quarterback Travis Jordan in the 11th game against outmatched North Alabama. Except maybe the Tide’s hail mary TD pass to beat Auburn on the game’s final play. There were others as well.


What was the committee to do? Whoever was left out had a legitimate beef. Next year’s 12-team tournament starts a year too late.

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