Each year, since the college football playoffs have started, there has been much controversy around the final 4. This year was no different at all and it was very tough on the playoff committee to make a final decision. This year the Big Ten conference was hands down the best conference in college football and this made the decision of the final 4 difficult to say the least. A lot of fans argue that the two best teams in the Big Ten didn't even make it to their conference championship game. When Michigan played Ohio State a week earlier, everyone thought that the winner of that game would make the final 4, and everyone was right.
The final 4 teams that will play for a chance at the National Championship are Alabama at the 1 seed, Clemson at the 2 seed, Ohio State at the 3 seed and Washington at the 4 seed. Alabama will play Washington on New Year’s Eve and Clemson will play Ohio State. The winners will meet on January 9th for the National Championship in Tampa Bay, Florida. It is no secret that the Alabama Crimson Tide are the current favorites going into the playoffs, as they are the only undefeated team in the final 4.
The selection committee stayed with the same top four Sunday as they had going into championship weekend, leaving out No. 5 Penn State, even though the Nittany Lions won the Big Ten title game and beat Ohio State earlier in the season. This is the first time, since the college football playoffs started, that a team in Ohio State will head to the playoffs, who were not the winners of their own conference. Alabama has played Washington four times previously, twice in bowls and not since 1986. Huskies’ fans were holding up signs at games late in the season, proclaiming “We want Bama.” “Sometimes you got to be careful what you wish for,” Washington coach Chris Petersen said on ESPN. “I didn’t hold up that sign.”
The 2016 college football playoffs will be another great few games that are sure to captivate the country, just as they have done in the past. With so many close calls, like Penn State, who won their conference, but still did not make it in the playoffs, it will raise the question, ‘Should they increase the number of teams who make it in?’ I think they should do this and go to a 6 team format. It would give the top 2 teams a first round bye and allow teams 3-6 to fight for another game. Surely this is only talk, but it would be something great to see. College football fans everywhere will be anticipating the start of the college football playoffs and each teams fan base is sure to show up and support big time.