As the big game drew near, reporters asked Nick Saban a question that had nothing to do with run-pass options or linebacker blitzes.
They wanted the Alabama coach to expound upon the College Football Playoff, the system by which four teams are chosen to compete for the national championship.
Saban did not hesitate.
“As long as it's subjective,” he said, “it can't be totally fair.”
There is no doubt about the Crimson Tide’s victory over Georgia on Monday night. But the long touchdown pass that won the game in overtime couldn’t settle a larger debate over which teams should have been in the playoff to begin with.
Representatives from two of the five major...