The debate stretched late into Saturday night, with the men and women who control college football’s playoff system hashing over which teams should vie for the national title.
The selection committee took a preliminary vote, talked some more, then got some sleep before reconvening early Sunday morning.
“There was extensive discussion,” said Kirby Hocutt, the committee’s chairman. “There was extensive analysis.”
That’s what it took for the College Football Playoff to pick just four contenders after a season filled with close victories and upset losses.
Not that the committee needed much time to anoint undefeated Alabama at...