Something unexpected has emerged from the usual chaos of the CFB season: Clarity. Yup, the teams here could not have made it easier for the commitee this year. Last year, there was plenty of controversy, but the committee was bailed out again when the team that “didn’t deserve it” ended up winning. There is no Baylor TCU debate, no undefeated Florida state team being ranked third, no real “who’s in?” which has apparently become the playoff’s brand. Anyway, here are the selections:
1. Clemson (13-0)
No real surprise here, with 3 top 10 victories (albeit UNC was controversial). Dabo Swinney’s team left it all out on the field, going undefeated and winning the ACC. Are there arguments for other teams being better than Clemson? Possibly. But they have absolutely earned their right to be here.
2. Alabama (12-1)
As expected, Alabama ended up with the second seed. After their uncharacteristic home loss to Ole Miss, they have flipped a switch. Well, or just gave the ball to Derrick Henry. Their workhorse has had 90 carries in the last 2 games (Take that Zeke).
3. Michigan State (12-1)
The 2 most controversial and contested ranks were going to be 3 and 4, with Sparty and Boomer Sooner both having legit arguments to be the best team in the country. At the end of the day, MSU had 2 victories over undefeated teams (Ohio State and Iowa in the B1G Championship). The chairman of the selection committee said that “2 top 10 wins gave them the edge”.
4. Oklahoma (11-1)
Save for a hiccup against Texas, Oklahoma has played the best football in the country this season. Behind Heisman candidate Baker Mayfield, the Sooners are actually favored by 2.5 points against No. 1 Clemson per ESPN Stats and Metrics.