Plenty of people are still sour over the College Football Playoff Selection Committee’s decision to put Oklahoma in as the No. 4 team, snubbing Georgia and Ohio State in the process. But new information suggests that choosing Oklahoma was an easy decision for the committee to make is sorely mistaken.
In an interview with Ryen Russillo on the Dual Threat podcast, Committee Chairman Rob Mullen revealed that the decision was actually “close” and discussion on the final team was “intense at times.”
“That fourth spot, there was great debate. It was intense at times,” Mullen said. “When you get in that room, the beauty of it is you’ve got 13 experts who care passionately about it, who’ve done their homework, who’ve watched the games. And there we are in the early morning hours of Sunday, we gathered late Saturday night through Sunday. There were some strong feelings about Georgia, some strong feelings about Ohio State, and of course, Oklahoma. Each of those three teams had some pretty strong representation in the room. We went round and round and it was close.”
Last weekend, Oklahoma beat Texas – the only team that had beaten the Sooners in the regular season – in the Big 12 Championship Game to secure a 12-1 season.
The Georgia Bulldogs, who had gone into the SEC Championship Game against Alabama ranked No. 4, squandered a lead against the Crimson Tide in the fourth quarter and lost 35-28. The loss was Georgia’s second of the season. To date, no two-loss team has been admitted into the College Football Playoff.
Ohio State, ranked No. 6, saw no movement from their spot despite crushing Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship Game and finishing 12-1. Earlier in the season, the Buckeyes lost 49-20 to Purdue – a devastating loss that apparently sabotaged their Playoff hopes.
Though they won’t join Oklahoma in playing for the national title, Georgia and Ohio State will still be playing in major bowl games: Georgia in the Sugar Bowl and Ohio State in the Rose Bowl.