Oklahoma, Georgia, and Ohio State all had numbers to support a spot in the CFP, according to ESPN. After the Sooners beat Texas on Saturday to avenge their only loss, the Bulldogs lost a dramatic Southeastern Conference title game to Alabama and the Buckeyes beat Northwestern for the Big Ten title. The Fighting Irish, who finished third in the final rankings released by the committee Sunday, will be joined in the final four by SEC champion Alabama, ACC champion Clemson and Big 12 champion Oklahoma. The Crimson Tide breezed through its regular-season schedule, becoming the first team since Yale in 1888 to beat its first 12 opponents by 20 points or more. The Bulldogs hung with the undefeated Crimson Tide until the 4th quarter.
The Bulldogs also did their part to help Bama. Alabama's Nick Saban called Georgia "one of the best four teams in the country", and said he didn't want to play the Bulldogs again.
"Clemson is the best football team we have faced this season and they will probably win a national championship in my opinion", Narduzzi said.
That protocol, which he recited nearly word-for-word, says that when teams are that close, certain factors should take precedence, the most notable of those being "conference champions".
By falling to Alabama, Georgia recorded its second loss, making it tough for the selection committee to include the Dawgs over teams with one loss and championships in a Power Five conference.