Playoff Field Set After Committee's Toughest-Ever DecisionCurated byThe Sports Desk
Six worthy teams, only four spots. The math was simple: Not everyone was going to get an invite. Top-ranked Michigan will face No. 4 Alabama, and No. 2 Washington will meet No. 3 Texas in the College Football Playoff semifinals on Jan. 1. Florida State, which finished 13-0, sat dejectedly as the Seminoles saw their title hopes disappear. Not at the hands of an opponent, but a 13-person committee. Here’s how the four-team field came to be — and why Florida State and Georgia were left out.