It's never going to be easy when you have selection committees in collegiate athletics to pick and choose a playoff formula.
In conclusion, someone is going to be left out in the cold every time.
Ohio State University is experiencing that moment, with it very painful because Alabama is in the final slot of the four-team college football playoff.
Ohio State's narrow 27-21 win over previously undefeated Wisconsin for the Big Ten championship Saturday was not enough in the formula by the CFP committee to take a one-loss Alabama team, that didn't win a division title or play in the SEC championship, sending them right to the Sugar Bowl to face No. 1 seed and defending national champion Clemson.
Losing hurts. When you get thumped 55-31 as OSU did in November to an Iowa team that was 4-5 in the conference and 7-5 for the season, the Buckeyes can only blame themselves for the beat down.
Alabama felt like that a week before in suffering a 26-14 setback to Auburn in the Iron Bowl, propelling the Tigers to Atlanta for the SEC title and the Crimson Tide to watch the championship on television.
Like I said earlier today on twitter, the selection process is not full proof, it's fool proof.
The college football playoff is a fashion show at best.
What makes it easy is when teams that are expected to win, do so and all the committee has to do on selection Sunday, just write in their name and hand it to the chairman.
But you had this to happen after Thanksgiving weekend. Alabama got dropped to fifth, giving them life support, knowing anything was possible on conference championship weekend.
Had Wisconsin followed the course, this story would not be appearing, because everything would have fell into place by the CFP group.
Wisconsin was questioned all year as a soft, undefeated squad. Only Northwestern was some challenge in the Big Ten West with the Badgers, but a distant challenge.
The drama of the last berth into the playoff is the fact it's Alabama vs. Ohio State, Nick Saban vs. Urban Meyer, the SEC vs. the Big Ten.
The SEC is the first to have two qualifiers for the playoff since it began back in 2014 with Georgia the outright champion and Alabama getting enough love from the committee.
Ohio State remembers last year when they got invited as a non-champion of the Big Ten over Penn State, then was torn apart in the playoff game to Clemson 31-0.
We know that Ohio State, plus Southern California, who won the Pac 12, with two losses like the Buckeyes are foaming at the mouth and will for the rest of the college football season.
Let's get this straight. Going to an eight-team playoff is not the total answer, because something will pop up when it's least expected.
The CFP is to put the best four teams on the field for two semifinal games, then a national championship a week later.
There is no doubt the Sugar Bowl where Alabama and Clemson will play January 1st, will be sold out, if not already.
I do wonder how many people will head West to see Oklahoma and Georgia battle in the Rose Bowl. This will be special to the teams, with the Sooners and Bulldogs not normal visitors to Pasadena.
The Rose Bowl is a normal Big Ten vs. Pac 12 encounter. That is a memory for the present time.
The stadium seats 92,000 plus. I figure there will be empty seats, unless fans in the West are very curious to see a playoff game in the late afternoon come alive with it the SEC playing the Big 12.
Remember, one of these teams will move on to the national championship game one week afterwards in Atlanta. Will be interesting to see how much budgeting will come from fans for Oklahoma and Georgia in heading to the Rose Bowl, then to the title game.
My final thoughts is Alabama was given plenty of support for being in the Top two throughout the month when the rankings would be released to the public via ESPN on Tuesday nights.
Ohio State can't escape the fact they were beaten down in a conference road game to a team that compiled a .444 winning percentage in league play.
It doesn't reduce the intense feeling between Saban and Meyer, the two schools and the two conferences.
The status is similar to a prime time soap from the 1980s, Dynasty. You had the Carringtons and the Colbys. Neither gave an inch to the other, with this the very same for Power 5 conference college football.
In case this gets to overbearing for the next several weeks prior to playoff game time, the best advice is to take two Tylenol and call the doctor right away.
Photo of Georgia celebrating the SEC title Saturday, courtesy of USA Today.