When there’s a former Auburn coach calling for the committee to place Alabama in the College Football Playoff, well, that’s when you know the debate is getting serious.
Following Ohio State’s Big Ten Championship Game win against previously unbeaten Wisconsin on Saturday night, it became abundantly clear that the CFP selection committee would be tasked with deciding between the Buckeyes and Alabama for the final spot in the four-team playoff.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer had a chance to plead his case on the stage during a trophy presentation, and Alabama coach Nick Saban provided a spirited defense of his squad during an ESPN SportsCenter appearance alongside Scott Van Pelt.
Saban received the backing of ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit on Saturday night, and that was followed by the unlikely support of former Auburn coach Gene Chizik.
The former Iron Bowl rival of Saban was actually in his corner on Twitter, throwing out his case for why the committee must select Alabama over Ohio State. He specifically targeted the former coaches in the group, imploring them to look at the film of the two teams.
“Watch film,” he wrote. “There is no comparison. Alabama should be a no brainer over OSU and every former coach on the committee should concur if they’ve watched film. Sorry folks… #filmdontlie”
Funny thing is the 4 metrics are used in the CFB playoff when 2 teams are comparable. Watch film…. there’s no comparison. Alabama should be a no brainer over OSU and every former coach on the committee should concur if they’ve watched film. Sorry folks…#filmdontlie #CFP
— Gene Chizik (@CoachGeneChizik) December 3, 2017
Chizik, who won a national title during his time on The Plains, has moved out of the Iron Bowl rivalry a bit after being fired by the Tigers. He now serves as a studio analyst for the SEC Network.
Both teams sport 11 wins, with Ohio State claiming a conference title and more “top-shelf” wins, while Alabama has just one loss, an impeccable track record and the distinction of being the nation’s top team for a majority of the season. The debate is likely to rage on right until the decision has to be revealed on Sunday afternoon.