Alabama and Ohio State are on a fairly significant pedistal in college football.
They have big budgets with big name coaches and bring in a ton of money for apparel companies. Their recruiting classes are consistently filled with four and five-star recruits.
They both also happen to be on the outside looking in at the current College Football Playoff top four teams. A loss from Wisconsin or Oklahoma in their conference title games still gives Alabama a chance to get in the CFP again.
But another question looms, are they one of the best four teams even if one of those two teams loses? What is weighted in the committee’s decision and could the fact that Alabama, is well…Alabama, play a roll?
Not according to CFP committee chairman Kirby Hocutt.
“No its not,” he said when asked if brands were weighted into the decision on ESPN. “Brand name teams, it does not come up at all in the selection committee room.”
Whether or not the committee gets it right on Sunday is still subjective, but he believes Tuesday night was an accurate representation of the top four.
“We did believe this week that we had the top four teams identified,” he said. “This week it was clear cut with the top four teams in the country with the selection committee’s discussion.”
He added that this weekend will definitely still matter.
“When we look at comperable teams, conference championships will be a factor in seperation,” he said.
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