The College Football Playoff committee met in Grapevine, Texas today and decided Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Oklahoma would be the four teams selected to compete in the four team playoffs later this month. Top ranked Alabama will take on 4th ranked Oklahoma at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. 2nd ranked Clemson and 3rd ranked Notre Dame will face off at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  While the top three teams were chalk, there was not a lot of controversy regarding the omissions of Georgia and Ohio State.

Georgia’s two losses this season were a 36-16 defeat at the hands of LSU in Baton Rouge on October 13th and of course, yesterday’s thriller against Alabama at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

“I wasn’t surprised by it,” said Georgia coach Kirby Smart on just missing the playoffs. “We did what we could, went out and played a great Alabama football team in what was a great football game, but we respect the decision of the committee and certainly respect the job they have to do in making that decision.”

Ohio State Buckeyes Head Coach Urban Meyer said he was “surprised” that two-loss Georgia was ranked ahead of Ohio State in the final edition of the College Football Playoff rankings, but like Smart, didn’t have much beef about not being included among the top four teams.

“The last thing we’re going to do is stand up here and criticize the committee,” Meyer said. We’re not going to do that.”

However, Meyer did offer a sharp critique of the criteria as something he sees as somewhat of a moving target.

“Sometimes I see the criteria, and the criteria’s not fitting what’s happening,” he said. “That was a tough job, now. Those are three really good teams. … We’re one of those great teams that obviously didn’t make it. That’s a tough decision to make.”

The committee may believe Ohio State’s 49-20 loss to Purdue on October 20th in West Lafayette, Indiana coupled with squeaky wins against Nebraska (36-31 on November 3rd) and Maryland (52-51 on November 17th) were the reasons why Georgia would be ranked higher than the Buckeyes.

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delaney said after the rankings were released:

“Obviously would love to be in system every year but have respect for those chosen and offer sincere congratulations to players and coaches at Alabama, Clemson, ND and OU.”

“[We are] proud of our teams, players and coaches in 2018. We look forward not backwards and appreciate the great conference competition/conference race. … We define ourselves, and CFP does its job with a four-team field.”

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