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Kirk Herbstreit Defends Alabama Being In Playoff After Ohio State Win

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Kirk Herbstreit defended the Tide.

It happens every year; the College Football Playoff leaves out a team that many believe deserved to be in. Ohio State and Washington beat out Big Ten champ Penn State in 2016, and Alabama did the same to Big Ten champ Ohio State this year.

Alabama's inclusion in the playoff angered many, including former ESPN personality Danny Kanell.

College GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit has a different opinion. A few Ohio State fans went after Herbie following Ohio State's dominant 24-7 win over USC in the Cotton Bowl last night.

He held his ground.

In the end, Ohio State had a tremendous season. Alabama has the chance to prove it belongs with a semifinal game against a Clemson team that dispatched Ohio State 31-0 and won the title last season.

Alabama and Clemson kick off 8:45 p.m. ET on ESPN on New Year's Day.