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Buckeyes had a case, but metrics prove Tide's was stronger

When it came down to deciding between Alabama?and Ohio State, the Crimson Tide were the best and the most deserving. The College Football Playoff committee’s controversial decision to put a second SEC school in the field over the Buckeyes had the backing of ESPN’s two key metrics: Strength of Record?and FPI. Alabama ranked fourth in SOR and first in FPI, compared to Ohio State ranking seventh and second in those same categories, respectively. And now, after the committee anointed the Crimson Tide as the No. 4 team and put them in the playoff, Alabama is the FPI favorite to win the CFP National Championship. Though the CFP selection committee protocol requests the selection of the four best teams and, according to FPI, Ohio State is one of the four best teams in the nation, we noted recently?that the committee tends to actually lean toward accomplishment over quality. The four layoff teams were also the four…

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