I tried to get worked up Sunday over Urban Meyer not making the playoff, rolled over, and went back to sleep.
This guy has won three national titles with the help of some pretty good fortune. In 2006, his Florida team edged Michigan out of the final championship spot by something called the BCS margin of .9445 to .9344. Meyer argued Michigan, which finished third, should not get a rematch against Ohio State. "They had their chance," Meyer said, or something like that.
Then, of course, in 2011, Meyer was entirely in favor of an all-SEC rematch of LSU-Alabama for the national title. Because, of course, coaches are duplicitous and self-serving.
In 2008, Meyer's Florida team lost at home to Mississippi and STILL won the national title, thanks to a great speech by Tim Tebow.
In 2014, after Meyer had moved on to Ohio State, his Buckeyes lost an early home game to Virginia Tech but rebounded, again, to win the first College Football Playoff bowl.
Alabama beating out Ohio State for Sunday's final playoff spot was like Harvard edging Yale for the last spot in a Debate Bowl.
The debate team at Cal State Fullerton is not going to feel sorry for the loser.
Ohio State needed a better closing statement against Wisconsin and didn't get it. A six point win wasn't good enough in the eye of the judges.
Putting Alabama IN to a playoff is also no controversy for a school that has won four national titles since 2008.
And for the record, I thought Gary Danielson did a fine job as chair of this year's Selection Committee.
The problem is not Alabama or Ohio State. The problem is a system that allowed this to happen and the fact Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, the most powerful man in the sport, came out on the short end. Jim is not going to like that.
The problem is college football playoff people telling everyone that conference titles are critical and crucial to the playoff process, then leaving out the Big Ten champion two years in a row.
The problem is saying strength of schedule is critical but then putting the team, Alabama, with a No. 56 Sagarin SOS in ahead of the team with No. 28.
Play People! That's what the committee said. So Auburn beat two teams that made the playoff, Georgia and Alabama, and finished with the No. 3 SOS. Two of Auburn's three losses came against Clemson and Georgia. Auburn finished No. 7 in the final committee ranking.
They lost three games! Well, isn't that what happens when you play a schedule like that?
The problem isn't that Alabama edged out Ohio State for Sunday's final playoff spot. The problem is not everyone in college football is playing on the same page.
The problem is everyone in the new system agreed, tentatively, to play by the same rules. But then some people didn't. The Pac 12, Big 12 and Big Ten all play nine-game league schedules. The SEC and ACC play eight. The SEC said it would go to nine but didn't.
Don't blame Alabama or Nick Saban for this. He wants a nine-game schedule. He wants the playing field to be even. Because it is not, though, Alabama is going to keep taking advantage.[membership level="0"] The rest of this article is available to subscribers only - to become a subscriber click here.[/membership] [membership]
Fact: the Crimson Tide have not played a true road non-conference game since AT Penn State in 2011. Why would the Tide do something it doesn't have to do?
Alabama also continues to play FCS schools in November. This year it took out mighty Mercer. Why would Alabama NOT do that if doing that helps win a beauty contest like it did Sunday.
Alabama got in this year on its reputation which, by the way, is better than everybody's. Its top three wins came against Mississippi State, LSU and Fresno State, teams that lost a collective 11 games. Alabama also missed Georgia on an SEC schedule that gets to divide eight league games among 14 teams.
That's not dumb; that's brilliant.
The Pac 12 continues to play nine league games and put its top contenders in Friday night road games: this year it was USC and Washington. Both lost close, tough games at Washington State and Stanford.
That's not brilliant; that's dumb.
The Pac 12 became the first league in playoff history to not have a champion finish in the top 7.
The best we can hope for after Sunday is that Big Ten commissioner Delany, and Pac 12 Commissioner Larry Scott, are mad enough to demand that all schools in playoff contention play the same number of league games.
If the SEC won't do it, the Pac 12 and Big Ten should reverse course and play eight league games.
If that was the case, this year, Ohio State would not have had to play......at Iowa.
But, again, don't feel sorry for Urban Meyer or the Buckeyes.
Feel good for New Mexico State, which made its first bowl since 1960.[/membership]