The decision was between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Florida State Seminoles. Faced with the toughest choices in its history, the College Football Playoff selection committee went with UA due to its overall growth, and ultimately, a healthy quarterback.
The debate crackled on the ESPN set, Twitter, group chats and message boards nationally. Personal biases arose, and conspiracies were concocted to explain FSU’s exclusion. But, unsurprisingly, Nick Saban agreed with committee chair Boo Corrigan and co.
“Texas is a great team and I think they’re deserving of their opportunity in terms of their resume of getting in the game. So this is just one of those years where, and there’s been other years like this, you know, somebody that may have been deserving got left out. And Florida State certainly going undefeated was, did everything they could to get in the Playoff and unfortunately, probably cause of the injury to their quarterback were not gonna have that opportunity,” said Saban.