Mandel: Why the Playoff selection committee eschewed controversy

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney raises the trophy after Clemson won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship NCAA college football game against Pittsburgh in Charlotte N.C. Saturday Dec. 1 2018

The semifinals will be played December 29 in the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl. Alabama hung on against rival Georgia to win the SEC, Clemson routed Pitt in the ACC and Oklahoma topped Texas in the Big 12. The Selection Committee announced Sunday that Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Oklahoma are the four best teams in the country and they will play for the national championship.

The other CFP semifinal this season is at the Cotton Bowl, where second-seeded Clemson will face third-seeded Notre Dame in a battle of unbeatens.

The College Football Playoff Committee declared Georgia No. 5 after the Bulldogs lost the Southeastern Conference championship game to the Crimson Tide. But ultimately the same four teams that entered the weekend with ideal records completed the first day of December with zeroes in the loss column. Is it Oklahoma or Ohio State (or Georgia, as some would like to assert)? "This week, Alabama proved it can carry over that success against a top-tier opponent as it defeated Georgia in the SEC championship".

The Crimson Tide struggled the majority of the game, trailing in the second half by as many as 14.

Backup Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts had a comeback in mind, however.

The Bulldogs also did their part to help Bama.

It could be argued that Georgia still deserved to be in the playoff, given they were the only team to put up a scrap against Bama, but it was always going to be hard for Georgia to get into the playoff without an SEC title. Notre Dame is the first independent team to make the playoff.

Georgia had three Top 25 wins (Florida, Kentucky and Missouri), but the 36-16 regular-season loss served as its detriment. The Bulldogs beat Hawaii in a 41-10 no-contest. The stadium hosted the first national championship game in the CFP era four years ago and a semifinal game three years ago when Alabama beat Michigan State, 38-0.

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