Why arent championships considered part of the playoffs? It's exactly like that - you earn your way in. Who are Bama's permanent east opponent? Tennessee and they sucked ass th8s year. Why isnt winning your division like a real playoff? Your body of work gets you there. Saban has a wunderkid at QB that he didnt play until the second half of NC game. So what if at that moment it was the best team. It sure as hell wasnt with Hurts in there and he played the whole game against Auburn and Gumps got the crap beat out of them. If they had played UGA in championship game is everyone saying gumps would have won? It makes no sense to me that they were the "best" but cant win their own division. Auburn beat bama like a drum but bama is obviously better? Why not put all sec teams in? Yes - in hindsight. And Alabama was getting clearly beat by halftime but put in a qb that probably should have been put in to get them winning auburn game. But play it safe, leave mediocre qb in. Skip championship that team that kicked your ass all over the field has to play and loses. Rest up, work on extra plays, get more film on team youll end up playing - win and you clearly are better than even the team that kicked your ass.