RICHMOND- The end of the college football season is approaching and that means the selection committee had to choose what 4 teams would represent the top 4 in college football in the playoffs this year.
To the shock of many folks in the media, Alabama’s 2 losses have knocked them out of the playoff race.
Commentators on various sports networks expressed extreme displeasure over the issue but to no avail.
These incidents have highlighted how various outlets often choose to side themselves with storied programs and big names rather than allowing other teams to raise their profile.
Now it is LSU and QB Joe Burrow who will represent the SEC as the #1 seed in the College Football Playoffs.
At #2 is QB Justin Fields and THE Ohio State Buckeyes out of the BIG 10.
#3 is QB Trevor Lawrence and the defending national champion Clemson Tigers out of the ACC.
Finally at 4 is QB Jalen Hurts and the Oklahoma Sooners out of the Big 12.
Burrow, coached by Ed Orgeron is the Heisman favorite. Transferring from Ohio State, he has been surrounded by weapons such as WR Justin Jefferson and RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
On defense the Tigers are led by LB K’Lavon Chaisson and S Grant Delpit.
Fields, coached by Ryan Day arrived as a transfer from Georgia. Stars on offense include RB JK Dobbins and WR KJ Hill.
On defense the Buckeyes are led by All-American DE Chase Young and CB Jeffrey Okudah.
Lawrence is the only QB in the playoff to have stayed with the original that he committed to. Last year under coach Dabo Swinney, he won it all.
But now he returns WR Justyn Ross and RB Travis Etienne. On defense, the Tigers are led by LB Isaiah Simmons and S K’Von Wallace.
Hurts is the only QB to have started for two different teams through three years in the playoffs (previously at Alabama).
Under coach Lincoln Riley, he has guys like WR Ceedee Lamb and RB Kennedy Brooks. On defense, the Sooners are led by LB Kenneth Murray and S Pat Fields.
1)LSU will take on 4)Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl semi-final on December 28th while 2)Ohio State will take on 3)Clemson the Fiesta Bowl also on the 28th.
The winners of these two games will take a trip to New Orleans for the chance to become the National Champion.
They bring a combined record of 51-1 into the playoff this year as Oklahoma lost to Kansas State earlier in the year.
Also on December 28 is Cotton Bowl where No. 10 Penn State takes on No. 17 Memphis. December 30 is the Orange Bowl where No. 9 Florida faces No. 24 Virginia.
On January 1 is the grandfather of all bowl games in the Rose Bowl where No. 6 Oregon takes on No. 8 Wisconsin in a rematch of 2011.
Finally, also on the 1st is the Sugar Bowl when No. 5 Georgia plays No. 7 Baylor.
Alabama meanwhile will play in the Citrus Bowl against Michigan. Not exactly where they wanted to be but their record mandates that they play in that game.
It is going to be a very exciting time of year and it will be fun to watch all the bowl games. May the best team win on any day.