If there’s an under-appreciated brilliance to the current structure of the College Football Playoff, it lies in the format’s ability to inspire weeks of conjecture and pontification about doomsday scenarios and difficult decisions, only to be so simple and uncontroversial in the end.

All the time the selection committee put in over the last six weeks, all those trips to Dallas every Monday, only to have their work done for them. By Saturday night, after all the conference championship games were played, it was close but obvious that should be the No. 1 over Ohio State and that Big 12 champion Oklahoma was the only real candidate for the No. 4 spot. 

Boom, done, easy. 

After weeks of speculation about how messy things

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