Paul Myerberg, USA today: “This year’s College Football Playoff field could have been expanded to include eight teams, 12 teams, 16, 24, 48, 96 or 128. In the end, no matter how many contenders were in the bracket, the road went ending with Alabama and Georgia meeting in the latest iteration of this one-sided rivalry. Most Talented. Heisman Trophy winner. Nick Saban. Smart Kirby. Best defense in the nation. Nearly unstoppable offense. In Crimson Tide and Bulldogs, the playoffs get the ultimate matchup of two powerhouse programs with layers of depth, years of shared history and enough storylines to easily fill the space between New Year’s Eve and the championship game on January 10. Without denying the argument for playoff expansion, the inevitability of this pairing makes the concept of doubling or tripling the current four-team field seem like a facade – q Whether it took a game or two or three, the Tide and the Bulldogs were destined to meet to decide this championship of the year.
Connor O’Gara, Saturday southbound: “You can’t blame the system when the SEC’s run – now 12 national titles in 16 years is official – is with 2 different systems. We’re about to see a third consecutive national title and 4th in 5 years. If Georgia beats Alabama, it will be 3 different SEC programs that win the national titles.Meanwhile, in other conferences we have seen: The Big Ten have 0 non-Ohio State teams competing for a national title in the 21st century The Pac-12 goes 5 years without a Playoff team and 17 seasons without a national champion The Big 12 remains winless in the playoff semifinals and 0 national title in the past 16 seasons The ACC has 1 team to win a playoff game.