Former Tide corner Fernando Bryant: 'Can't have a playoff without Alabama'

Annette Crawford
December 7, 2017

The Crimson Tide got the nod over Ohio State and will play Clemson in the College Football Playoff on January 1 in the Sugar Bowl.

"You can't have a playoff without Alabama, at least that's what we have shown over the past couple years", Bryant said.

"Well, I'm close with Dabo because he was a coach at Alabama when I was there, but Dabo already has his championship, so I hope Alabama beats the brakes off of him", Bryant said laughing.

"It's just unreal", Bryant said regarding Saban. In each of the last three seasons, Clemson has earned a spot in the College Football Playoffs, and the Tigers stand two victories away from becoming the first team to repeat with two different quarterbacks in nearly 40 years.

Clemson (12-1) is making its third straight playoff appearance, but first without star quarterback Deshaun Watson. Four is a lonely number, and you can make the case that two-loss Ohio State is entitled to contend for football's national championship.

Georgia (12-1) and Oklahoma (12-1) have never played.

Oklahoma is in the playoff for the second time and will likely bring the Heisman Trophy victor.


We're still a few weeks away from Alabama football vs. Clemson in the Sugar Bowl, but ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit offered some early thoughts on the matchup.

Alabama football won a 45-40 thriller in 2015.

The Alabama-Ohio State debate was the trickiest of the playoff era. Neither team neatly matched precedent.

Here's a recap of what the Top four teams did this week. Could you imagine the controversy if only four teams made the NCAA men's basketball tournament?

As an Alabama alum, Bryant, like many former Crimson Tide players, can't say enough about Alabama head coach Nick Saban. "One of the things with college football, you can go tempo and it try to wear down a defensive front", Herbstreit said. Also, they are the teams the rest of college football loves to hate, the teams that always seem to get the benefit of the doubt in the rankings.

Some fans were upset that Alabama made the playoff over the Buckeyes, with critics pointing to the Tide's strength of schedule, which was ranked 54th in the nation. The panel of 13 includes former and current athletic administrators, including the athletic director from Ohio State, and former coaches.

As with last year, when then Big-10 champion Penn State was left out of the playoff, this year's champion, the Ohio State Buckeyes, failed to crack the top four. The final spot came down to Penn State and Washington and the Huskies won out.

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