Playoff committee was close to voting Alabama #1 over Clemson


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The College Football Playoff committee actually debated moving Alabama (11-1) ahead of Clemson (12-0) in Tuesday's College Football Playoff rankings.

Playoff chairman Jeff Long described the process about determining who was the elite team in the nation.

"The committee debated long and hard about the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams," Long said. "Clemson is again ranked No. 1, but it was close and indeed very close. They both have impressive bodies of work. Clemson is 6-0 against teams with winning records including two wins against teams in this week's top 10. Alabama is 8-1 against teams with winning records. While that is an impressive résumé, Alabama has not played a team in the current top 10. Clemson's undefeated record was also clearly a factor."

It was so close that Long assumed Alabama would be ahead of Clemson in the final voting.

"We had a number of revotes, and there were times in the meeting I actually thought Alabama was going to be voted ahead of Clemson," Long said. "But they were not."

Long said that Clemson's rivalry victory against South Carolina was not impressive due to a mediocre South Carolina team.

"Well, we had additional pieces to the résumé," Long said. "We saw a Clemson team struggle against a South Carolina team, that same South Carolina team that beat North Carolina at the beginning of the year. Clemson struggled with a 37-32 win there. That team is a 3-9 team. And then we saw Alabama play an Auburn team in a rivalry game and win that game, so those are two more pieces to those résumés that allowed us to look deeper into that No. 1 and No. 2 ranking."

#2 Alabama is 11-1 and will face #18 Florida at 3 PM on Saturday in the SEC Championship game.

The #1 Tigers will face #10 North Carolina at 8 PM on Saturday in the ACC Championship game.


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FB Update: Playoff committee was close to voting Alabama #1 over Clemson
TigerNet News
Who cares....JUST WIN BABY!***
cotton scout tiger
Everybody should. Would think it might mean FL vs Tx
Tiger5
If Alabama is #1, they would likely get Dallas anyway.
ClemsonPoker489®
Personally I'd much rather play in Dallas than Miami
tigeringvegas
Re: Personally I'd much rather play in Dallas than Miami
allorangeallthetime52®
Re: FB Update: Playoff committee was close to voting Alabama #1 over Clemson
agbenfi®
Don't care...Beat UNC
ClemsonAlex
UNC will be a much better win than FLA so at this point
TigersAndCubs
Take the name Alabama off and this makes no sense
cu1981fans
+1 and totally agree!!! He talked about how we struggled vs
Orange®
Should not matter though if we beat UNC!! Go Tigers!!***
Orange®
makes no sense.....
pheebo
Agree but Bama Bias rears it's ugly head.***
Tiger5
^^^^^This^^^^***
TigerGrad'93
Re: makes no sense.....
Purple_Panther
BCS still has us #1***
robertn®
Playoff committee #1 over Clemson
tigersincepell®
If we had a quality loss, it wouldn't even be close.***
CS02
Beat they didn't even watch our game
kingoftigerfans3®
Re: Beat they didn't even watch our game
Tigerman1978
Re: Beat they didn't even watch our game
Tigerman1978
Re: Beat they didn't even watch our game
WhoaNellyKJ®
Re: Beat they didn't even watch our game
biggvern
Great news! More fodder to enflame the fire eaters on
Chuckston T-Man
Jeff Long, Arkansas AD,SEC Homer
TaylorTiger
Methinks #1 in CFP is much better than #2 seed
NC_Tiger_
And again, Bama gets excused absences vs Miss and Tenn
greene
Re: FB Update: Playoff committee was close to voting Alabama #1 over Clemson
greer1®
F the committee!
NorthAlabamaTiger
Re: F the committee!
allorangeallthetime52®
look i get that our win over usuc wasnt impressive..
tgrfan42069
Did they watch the Bama game?
andylayne
Don't care, want a 1, 2, 3, or 4 next to the word Clemson
T Nasty Orange
I liked Cowherd's rant
Tim317
Don't Care What Seed We Are Or What Bama Is
Xander5000
So ... they look back to the first game of the year
clover65®
I may be biased, but to me it's clear who should be #1.
Completely Solid Orange®
I am biased, but...
GotGRR
Re: I may be biased, but to me it's clear who should be #1.
Tigerluvr
Yes, but an ACCCG win should assure us of #1
Uncle Bill®
What a joke. That "-1" means nothing...AT F*CKING HOME
soccerkrzy®
Re: FB Update: Playoff committee was close to voting Alabama #1 over Clemson
CU_2014
Heck Bama should've fell to #3 behind Oklahoma***
bowlhunter®
I'd argue Clemson should still be ahead of Bama with a loss
jdtiger98
Re: I'd argue Clemson should still be ahead of Bama with a loss
COTIGER1
Yeah, they were so much more impressive in their win over AU
longtallsam®
Re: FB Update: Playoff committee was close to voting Alabama #1 over Clemson
bloodrunsorange63®
Re: FB Update: Playoff committee was close to voting Alabama #1 over Clemson
Tigerluvr
Re: FB Update: Playoff committee was close to voting Alabama #1 over Clemson
GarnetGold
Late TD's in our game and Bama's game skewed the actual
1983Grad®
It was a 14 point change in garbage minutes.
ClemsonTiger1988®
Re: FB Update: Playoff committee was close to voting Alabama #1 over Clemson
SBCharleston
So, their logic is that Clemson's win was worse than Bama's
WillardTFrog®
Re: So, their logic is that Clemson's win was worse than Bama's
IrmoSleeperAgent
So Clemson-South Car isn't a rivalry?***
RC Tiger®
Re: So Clemson-South Car isn't a rivalry?***
tntiger82
Re: So Clemson-South Car isn't a rivalry?***
allorangeallthetime52®
I live in AL and you are right Bama/Aub fans root for each
RC Tiger®
Re: FB Update: Playoff committee was close to voting Alabama #1 over Clemson
allorangeallthetime52®
Re: FB Update: Playoff committee was close to voting Alabama #1 over Clemson
Clemsonhitter®
Re: FB Update: Playoff committee was close to voting Alabama #1 over Clemson
fencebusters®
Re: FB Update: Playoff committee was close to voting Alabama #1 over Clemson
Whitehurst74®
They're dinging us for a "weak" victory against SCar, but
grover173
Alabama has beaten no one in the top 25?
tigersincepell®

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