The last year of the four-team College Football Playoff field witnessed one of the most controversial decisions in the event’s history. The CFP committee faced significant criticism for choosing to exclude the 13-0 ACC champion Florida State and include the 12-1 SEC champion Alabama.
The backlash against the committee members escalated to extreme levels, with some resorting to making threats against their safety. Committee chairman Bill Hancock expressed his astonishment at the excessive and inappropriate nature of the criticism, stating, “This one was absolutely over the top, and inappropriate. In my 35 years, I’ve never seen anything like it.” Hancock further revealed that the committee had reported the threats to the FBI, highlighting the severity of the situation. Committee members also received profanity-laced emails and calls.
Despite the controversy, Alabama, earning the No. 4 seed in the Playoff, suffered a 27-20 overtime loss to top-seeded Michigan in the Rose Bowl. On the other hand, Florida State experienced a lopsided 63-3 defeat to Georgia in the Orange Bowl, although the Seminoles were without several key players who opted out of the game.
As the College Football Playoff National Championship approaches, Michigan is favored by 4.5 points over Washington. The moneyline odds favor the underdog Huskies at +155, while the Wolverines stand at -190 (BetMGM). The over/under for the game is set at 56.5 points.
Michigan and Washington are set to face off in the College Football Playoff National Championship on ESPN.