Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Washington make college football playoffs

Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley, two days removed from earning the game MVP in Penn State's 38-31 Big Ten Championship win over Wisconsin, joined The Rich Eisen Show on Monday afternoon. Won battles up front to slow the Wisconsin running game enough to get the Lions back in the game.

Because, what's fair is fair, and Sunday afternoon, the College Football Playoff committee may not have done the right thing or the correct thing, but it did do the fair thing.

Despite not playing for the Big Ten championship on Saturday night, the Buckeyes - winners of the first CFP national title in the 2014 season - earned a spot in the four-team field due to their overall resume.

It's the fourth time this season the Nittany Lions have come back from a double-digit deficit.

Penn State faces No. 9 Southern California in the Rose Bowl at 5 p.m. on January 2.

It's a 99.9th percentile result, in fact.

Throughout the season, Wisconsin, which came into the season unranked, proved preseason doubters wrong en route to a surprising Big Ten West title. And like most goals worth having.

■ Alabama? The Crimson Tide are No. 1 in the nation, won their conference handily and are undefeated. Sure, the same two teams just played in Pasadena to end the 2008 season, with USC winning easily. There is more and more noise to move Penn State to the 4th seed, and I agree with that.

Ohio State and MI watched. It struggled with Northwestern.

There will be no complaining coming from State College. Navy's loss to Temple on Saturday in the American Athletic Conference championship game ensures the Midshipmen (9-3, with Army-Navy left) will play in the Armed Forces Bowl.

Penn State finished with what they call in the Olympics the lead medal.

But the Buckeyes do have wins against three teams that are ranked in the top 10 of the CFP rankings.

Wisconsin's final chance ended when Clement was stopped short of a first down on fourth-and-1 from the Penn State 24-yard line with 1:01 to go.

The Buckeyes have only lost once. "This is the Big Ten championship".

In 2016, college football went back to the future. Every team in the Playoff has one thing in common: one or zero losses. Just outside the playoff was No. 5 Penn State and No. 6 MI.

"Everything came together that second quarter, and we kept it going the rest of the game", McSorley said. They vaulted ahead of MI, the third-place finisher in the Big Ten East Division, after their stirring 38-31 comeback win over Wisconsin in Saturday night's Big Ten Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the Nittany Lions' ninth consecutive win after a 2-2 start.

But this isn't a team devoid of impressive wins.

Meanwhile, Baker Mayfield passed for 288 yards and three touchdowns as No.7 Oklahoma beat No.11 Oklahoma State 38-20 in a matchup that decided the Big 12 title and likely guaranteed the Sooners a trip to the Sugar Bowl. It beat ranked Utah.

Washington coach Chris Petersen is about to get a really good look at Alabama coach Nick Saban. Current players, he added, were preparing for final exams scheduled for later this week. It won a Power 5 conference.

Penn State hosts George Mason on Wednesday.

News about the bowl destination quelled a bit of that disappointment, and some, including quarterback Trace McSorley, tweeted their excitement with rose emojis Sunday.

He continued, "This is a game and a bowl that players and coaches grow up dreaming about". But this is a young team, with nearly everybody returning next year.

The debate stretched late into Saturday night, with the men and women who control college football's playoff system hashing over which teams should vie for the national title.

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