Most of the college football world was stunned on Sunday when Alabama was named as the fourth College Football Playoff team over Ohio State. Count ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit among them.
The former Ohio State quarterback was not stunned because he was rooting for his Buckeyes to get in. In fact, he said prior to the reveal that he believed Alabama should get in, but he was convinced that the committee would do the “politically correct” thing and include a two-loss Ohio State team due to quality wins and a Big Ten title.
When the news dropped and the ESPN cameras returned to the set full of analysts, Herbstreit’s chair was empty. He stood up and left.
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“I got up and walked off,” Herbstreit said upon returning to his chair. “I think that’s symbolic of if you’re just watching this as a college football fan. We all said ‘I think it should be Alabama but it’s going to be Ohio State because they’re going to do the politically correct thing.’ The committee just made a statement. They are not into appeasing people’s agendas. They’re going to do what they think is right, regardless of whether you agree or disagree.
“People right now are up in arms. ‘Two SEC teams are in this thing? One of them didn’t even go to Atlanta!’ And you know what? The committee– they don’t care. They stuck to their guns.”
Alabama will face Clemson in the College Football Playoff for the third consecutive season.