Georgia football: Oklahoma is strike two against committee’s decision

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Jonathan Ledbetter (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Jonathan Ledbetter (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

Alabama dominated Oklahoma 45-34, giving the nation more reason to question the playoff committee’s choice to omit Georgia football from the top four.

Just like that, the two teams who the committee spurned Georgia football for are out of the playoffs with double-digit losses. That’s strike-two against the playoff committee. Alabama may not have slaughtered Oklahoma the way Clemson did Notre Dame. But the Sooner’s pitiful defense proved to be the difference in the game. The same pitiful defense which should have kept Oklahoma out of the playoffs.

But no, Georgia is the team playing in the consolation prize bowl. The only team to actually challenge Alabama. To make anyone think they could beat the Crimson Tide. Our team and us fans are the ones having to watch the team chosen over our Dawgs look like chumps in the semi-finals.

If Oklahoma had put up more of a fight, especially in the first half, the committee could have reason to feel better about their decision. Instead, the committee allowed the playoffs to be little more than tune up games for Alabama and Clemson.

May this be a lesson to the playoff committee in the future. When you choose the top four based on who you think deserves the spots, this is what you run the risk of getting. These weren’t good games. Oklahoma made the Orange Bowl somewhat interesting in the second half, but it was too little, too late. The Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl were a waste of everyone’s time.

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I’ve always been against expanding the playoffs beyond four teams. But if the committee can’t get this right in the future, maybe we should expand the playoffs to six or eight teams. That might be the only way to prevent this kind of incompetence in the future.