The idea that “you can’t please everyone” certainly applies to the College Football Playoff selection committee’s yearly decision of which four teams they declare worthy of a playoff spot. As shown in these past two years, the committee clearly selects teams based on who has the most talent rather than the best record. From upsetting Ohio State in the regular season to beating Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship, the Nittany Lions fell short of a playoff bid in 2016. This made Penn State fans furious after the committee selected both Ohio State and Washington over them. The following season, the committee chose Alabama over Ohio State to compete in this year’s playoffs. Alabama lost to Auburn in the regular season and didn’t even compete in their conference championship. However, the committee still selected them over the Buckeyes who beat Penn State and Michigan State in the regular season, and then went on to win the Big Ten Championship against undefeated Wisconsin. These bold decisions have caused Big Ten fans and many other skeptics to rethink the way the selection occurs.
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If the committee extended the playoffs from four teams to eight teams, the month long process would reveal the most deserving team and ultimate champion free of bias and criticism.
With the 2017 season coming to a conclusion Chris and Brendan give their thoughts on the National Championship. Plus, what another Alabama win means for the SEC? And is Nick Saban now the greatest coach in college football history? See what they have to say in their first podcast ever!
Joel Klatt and Danny Kanell cover your eyes because we got ourselves a little SEC showdown in the National Championship game. After winning one of the most thrilling games in Rose Bowl history, the Georgia Bulldogs return home to the Peach State only one win away from claiming their first National Title in over 37 years. Their opponent, the Alabama Crimson Tide, has won five National Titles in that 37 year span. Alabama returns to the National Championship game after avenging last season’s championship loss to the Clemson Tigers. Nick Saban’s team rolls into Atlanta with a Sugar Bowl victory, but no 2017 SEC Championship. That belongs to the Georgia Bulldogs. Will the Dawgs finish the 2017 season with one or two trophies? That is what we will breakdown in this post.
Breaking Down the Offense
Quarterback: Both of these quarterbacks are unbelievably young. Alabama’s Jalen Hurts is a true sophomore while Georgia’s Jake Fromm is a true freshman. But both play like seasoned veterans. While only being a sophomore, Jalen Hurts has already started in and played in a ton of big time games at quarterback. Last year he beat Southern Cal in the season’s opening weekend, he played in and won the Iron Bowl and SEC Championship, and he played in the National Title game. This year, many people were expecting him to take a huge step forward. That didn’t really happen. He threw for less yards and touchdowns this season, and he has not been as sharp as Bama fans would have hoped. However, where he lacks in stats and big play ability, he makes up for in grit and decision making. He is 12-1 this season as a starter and he has only thrown one interception. Jake Fromm on the surface seems to be a game manager, much like his Alabama counterpart, but that isn’t necessarily the case. Georgia has actually leaned on him in big moments. In the first eight games of the season, Fromm threw for over 180 yards in a game just twice. However, in the last six games, he has accomplished that feat five times. He was the difference in the South Carolina game. He had some big throws in the SEC Championship game. And he lead the game tying drive in the fourth quarter of the Rose Bowl. This kid is cool, calm and collected. He has shown great poise and maturity, but Alabama is a different monster. Can the Tide rattle a freshman that seems unshakeable and can Georgia force a turnover against a quarterback that has thrown a single interception all year? Edge: Georgia. If the Dawgs can protect him well enough, he is capable of making plays. Hurts won’t lose Bama the game, but he isn’t winning them the game.