The College Football Playoff committee revealed a four-team playoff stadium on Sunday, with Alabama ranked first, followed by Clemson, Ohio and Notre Dame.
Why did Alabama play at Arlington instead of Sugar Bowl? Gary Barta, chair of the college-wide selection committee for football, said the more fans feature, on ESPN.
“With regard to the uniqueness of this year, the first team by the committee was given the doubt or perhaps the greatest advantage,” Barta said. “In this case, we know that there will be 16,000 capable fans to watch in Arlington, and we know that there will be 3,000 fans who will be able to watch the match in New Orleans. The committee decided that the advantage was for the first team to have more capable fans.” To watch them play. “
The national championship match is scheduled to be held at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, on January 11th.
Texas A&M falls short
Just outside the qualifiers, Texas A&M was in fifth place. Agis, who went 8-1, lost to Alabama earlier in the season and did not reach the Southeastern Conference Championship match.
As for what gave Notre Dame – whom Clemson thrashed 34-10 on Saturday in the Atlantic Coast Conference title match – the upper hand over Texas A&M?
“A very similar appeal, but in the end the committee felt that Notre Dame had made its way there based on a full analysis of the résumé, perhaps due to an additional win over a ranked team,” Barta said. The Aggies’ notable victory was against Florida, while defeating Notre Dame Clemson and North Carolina during the regular season.
Oklahoma (8-2) rose to sixth place after winning the Big 12. US Athletics Conference champion Cincinnati was eliminated from the top six despite a 9-0 record and three wins against the ranked teams. Bearcats are ranked eighth, after Florida.
This season, the committee has ranked teams that have played no fewer than six matches and up to 11 – with conferences such as the Big Ten starting the season in late October and Pac-12 in early November. Big 12, SEC and ACC kicked off in September.
Alabama went on to defeat Florida to win the SEC 52-46 title on Saturday. Ohio State, despite being under 22, defeated Northwestern 22-10 in the Big Ten Championship match.
Barta said there was no disagreement in the room about Ohio State’s third-place finish even though he only played six matches.
“The committee decided that Ohio belonged to the field because they were unbeaten, they defeated two ranked teams throughout the year, including last night, and won the Big Ten.”