The Georgia Bulldogs lost a heartbreaking SEC title game to Alabama on Saturday night, and the pain continued into Sunday.
When the College Football Playoff committee released its top six teams, Georgia was just outside the field of four at No. 5.
On ESPN after the rankings were released, CFP chair Rob Mullens explained why Oklahoma edged the Bulldogs for the No. 4 spot:
“We spent considerable time on it as you might expect, and in the end, a one-loss conference champion with their only loss being on a neutral field — close loss to ranked team, which they avenged in their conference championship,” he said. “It’s a dynamic offense, and their defense has made some big plays in the last couple of weeks.”
Mullens continued, saying the committee spent a lot of time on the 4-through-6 seeds:
“Every combination was vetted,” he said. “Just look at their full body of work and resumes side-by-side. In the end, what we decided was amongst the group of three — Oklahoma, Georgia and Ohio State, the committee voted that no one was unequivocally better than the other. So, then we leaned on the protocol — you know what those are, the vote came out that Oklahoma was 4, Georgia was 5 and Ohio State was 6.”
The Bulldogs are almost certainly heading to the Sugar Bowl now, where a matchup against Texas likely awaits.
That’ll be a fun game, for sure, but to finish just outside the Playoff field has to hurt.