The first four participants in the initial college football playoff (FBS):
1. Alabama vs 4. Ohio State (Sugar Bowl)
2. Oregon vs 3. Florida State (Rose Bowl).
I had the top 4, but I flipped Oregon over Alabama.
Baylor finishes ahead of TCU in the rankings (Bears 5th, Frogs 6th) which is no consolation for Big XII Co-Champs.
Ohio State's shellacking of 13th ranked Wisconsin in Big Ten title game was the deciding factor. Baylor was challenged by 9th ranked Kansas State and TCU whipped a two-win Iowa State squad, which obviously underwhelmed the College Football Playoff Committee.
Committee chaiman, Jeff Long said, "Ohio State demonstrated they were a total team and did overcome the loss of two quarterbacks. It was decisive for Ohio State to move into the fourth spot."
Long also said on ESPN it wasn't what TCU did, or didn't do, it was Ohio State's win was the deciding factor.