College Football Playoffs: Who’s In?

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College Football Playoffs: Who’s In?

Grayson Hall (11) and Chris Chau (11) showing their team spirit with Clemson and Notre Dame apparel before their favorite teams play on  December 29, 2018.

Grayson Hall (11) and Chris Chau (11) showing their team spirit with Clemson and Notre Dame apparel before their favorite teams play on December 29, 2018.

Mckayla Epps

Grayson Hall (11) and Chris Chau (11) showing their team spirit with Clemson and Notre Dame apparel before their favorite teams play on December 29, 2018.

Mckayla Epps

Mckayla Epps

Grayson Hall (11) and Chris Chau (11) showing their team spirit with Clemson and Notre Dame apparel before their favorite teams play on December 29, 2018.

McKayla Epps, Staff Reporter

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Every year, college football coaches and players around the country coach and play every game their very best in hopes to get as high up in the College Football (CFB) rankings as possible. The goal is to be in the top four, to get a chance to play against the very best teams in the game. As the normal season wraps up, on December 2nd the thirteen person committee decided who was going to be in the playoffs.

Unlike many other years, the committee had a challenge on their hands. After the division championships played the day before, brought many twists and turns to their decision making. The first thought-provoking game was between #1 Alabama and #4 Georgia in Southeastern Conference Championship game. In this game, Alabama took a surprising turn for the worst, after their quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, got hurt in the game. At the end of the first half, they were trailing by a touchdown. In the third quarter, Tua got a more serious injury and had to sit out the rest of the game. Jalen Hurts, second string quarterback, had to step in Tua’s place for the rest of the game. Hurts had an amazing second half and the Roll Tide ended up winning 35-28 to a fantastic Georgia team, but the question many were still pondering was this: does Georgia deserve to go down in the rankings when they are considered one of the best teams in CFB? This brought up a ton of controversy because many people did not want Georgia to move down in the rankings, due to the fact they lost against Alabama in the division championship game. Georgia football coach, Kirby Smart was really passionate about it. He states, “It boils down to one thing, do you want the four best teams in or not? It’s that simple.” The other difficult decision the committee had to make was, did Notre Dame earn a spot in the playoffs due to the fact they did not play a division championship game because they are an independent school in football? Many believed they did because they had a 13-0 record. Clemson on the other hand, was without a doubt going into the playoffs, after their big win over Pitt (42-10), in Charlotte on Saturday night.

After many hours and a lot of thought, the final decision the committee came to was: #1 Alabama, #2 Clemson, #3 Notre Dame, and #4 Oklahoma. Junior Grayson Hall, avid Clemson fan said, “I feel like the committee got it right this year. In past years, they’ve put in teams that haven’t won their conference at #4 like Alabama did last year. I was afraid they were going to put in 2-loss UGA in over a 1 loss OU team who won their conference and revenged [sic] a big loss by beating the only team that beat them in the regular season. The top three are deserving as they went undefeated, and arguments can be made for both UGA and OU. Even OSU could be considered with one loss and a conference championship, but OU was the most deserving team because of their win over revenge win over Texas in the Big 12 Championship.” The playoff games will be played on December 29, and from there whoever wins those two games will play in the National Championship to have a chance at the victorious title.

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McKayla Epps, Staff Reporter

McKayla Epps is a junior and a first year reporter for the WHHS Herald. She was born in Jackson, Georgia and moved to Greenville when she was six. McKayla...

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