The committee took Oregon as the No. 2 team, pitting them in a Rose Bowl matchup with No. 3 Florida State. Alabama, No. 1, plays No. 4 Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl.
This. Could. Not. Have. Been. Better.
Fans in Texas hated Sunday. Fans in Columbus loved Sunday. But what Oregon got was a favorable matchup in a favorable geographic location. This came together beautifully for the 12-1 Ducks, who are playing the least impressive opponent in the final group of four.
Florida State can play with anyone. They’re winners. They’ve won 29 straight games. I know. Nuts, right? But the Seminoles have lacked consistency, and looked vulnerable, and I can’t think anyone in Tallahassee liked what it saw when the bracket was released on Sunday.
Keep in mind, under the old BCS system, undefeated Florida State would be playing 12-1 Alabama for the crystal trophy. Oregon and Ohio State would be in a BCS game, left out of the national title game.