I am amazed at how all the pundits missed the most obvious criterion considered by the College Football Playoff committee when they chose the four teams that will now compete for the national championship. They talked all around it, debating all kinds of criteria, but they never hit on it. What do Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, and Washington all have in common? It’s not a conference championship that the selectees all had in common during the first two seasons of the playoffs, as Ohio State didn’t even win its own division this year. But there is something that these four teams not only have in common with each other but also with the eight teams that previously advanced to the playoffs.
Give up? It’s the fact that they all had less than two losses. The committee did not want to put a two-loss team in the playoffs unless they absolutely had to. In the first three years of the playoffs, they have been able to avoid it. However, if Colorado and/or Virginia Tech had won this weekend, they would have had no choice but to select at least one two-loss team. But, as luck would have it, they dodged that bullet again this year. This, of course, will not always be the case. At some point in time, they are going to have to take a two-loss team, as there will not be enough undefeated and one-loss teams available. But avoiding that fate had to be a major factor in this year’s selections, no matter what the professional pundits might say.