Alabama doesn’t deserve playoff bid

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The College Football Playoff committee made one thing very clear with this year’s four playoff team announcement: resume doesn’t matter and the conference is going to put whichever cash cow it can in the final four.

The inclusion of Alabama into this year’s final four is not only a slap in the face to Ohio State fans, but college football fans in general.

Ohio State defeated Wisconsin in the Big 10 championship game, one more accolade for a playoff berth than Alabama.

But this goes beyond just winning a conference title.

The committee essentially looked at Ohio State’ blowout loss to unranked Iowa as more damaging than any win Ohio State could have secured to lock down a fourth playoff spot.

Ohio State did build a much more impressive resume with several quality wins.

The Buckeyes beat No. 9 Penn State, No. 18 Michigan State and No. 6 Wisconsin.

Who did Alabama beat worth mentioning? The only ranked wins Alabama had this season were No. 16 LSU and No. 24 Mississippi State.

The Tide dripped its only top-10 matchup to No. 7 Auburn in the Iron Bowl, 26-14.

And the non-conference scheduling is no comparison, either.

Ohio State faced No. 2 Oklahoma, Army, and UNLV, while Alabama scheduled the almighty powers of Colorado State, Fresno State and Mercer.

Florida State did however appear to be a quality match going into this season, however the Seminoles fell apart rather quickly.

So the question is...why is Alabama playing potentially for a national title?

They certainly haven’t earned it through strength of schedule, number of quality wins, or even a conference title.

It comes down to the SEC bias in the committee’s selection.

If not winning a conference title wasn’t evident enough of bias, after the playoff seeds were announced, it was released that Alabama is a 1.5 point favorite over THE DEFENDING NATIONAL CHAMPIONS WHO ACTUALLY WON A CONFERENCE TITLE.

This SEC love affair has to stop.

As long as there’s a subjective element to the selection process, this bias will continue to perpetuate the final four teams.

This could all be avoided.

The requirements for selecting teams needs to be rewritten and the committee needs disbanded.

The postseason should give an equal opportunity for the conference champions.

As of right now, conference championships are essentially meaningless (or are they?), per the committee’s selections.

Playoffs have to be expanded to eight teams. It’s the only way to address the elephant in the room.

Each conference champion from the Big 12, SEC, ACC, Big 10 and Pac 12 should receive automatic bids.

After the five Power 5 champions are announced, there should be three at large bids behind that.

This not only gives teams a fair shot at the postseason, but it also gives meaning to winning their respective conference titles.

As long as the committee continues to show inconsistency in putting its favorites in the playoffs, football fans will continue to have their intelligence insulted and teams will continue be snubbed.

• Chris Siers is sports editor of the Times-Gazette. Email him at sports@t-g.com.