Gary Barta explains committee's decision to rank Alabama No. 1, Michigan No. 2
Now that the four teams that will participate in the College Football Playoff have been announced, the only debate left was who was the No. 1 team going into the CFP?
That was answered quickly as Alabama will be the No. 1 seed in the CFP, while the Michigan Wolverines were left in the No. 2 spot.
Most college football analysts felt that the Wolverines were a solid No. 2 after their victory over Iowa Saturday, but there was a case out there for them to be No. 1.
CFP committee chair Gary Barta put that to rest earlier when the four teams were announced. He explained why Alabama jumped Michigan.
“Let’s begin with the game that was played last night. … Not only did Alabama beat Georgia, but the way they beat them. They controlled the game from start to finish,” he said.
Although Michigan’s impressive win was not lost on the committee.
“Two big wins two weeks in a row now. But ultimately the committee decided Alabama should be No. 1.”
Here are the two games to start the CFP.
- No. 1 Alabama vs No. 4 Cincinnati: Cotton Bowl
- No. 2 Michigan vs No. 3 Georgia: Orange Bowl
Games will be played on December 31.