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CFP committee chair explains why Georgia was No. 1 over Alabama

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart watches as the Bulldogs warmup prior to their game against Florida Saturday in Jacksonville.
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart watches as the Bulldogs warmup prior to their game against Florida Saturday in Jacksonville. The Telegraph

After the College Football Playoff top 25 teams were announced, selection committee chairman Kirby Hocutt offered the reasons why Georgia was tabbed as the No. 1 team in the nation over Alabama.

Alabama checked in at No. 2 in the initial poll.

What it came down to was that Georgia has the better resume to date. The Bulldogs have wins over CFP top 25 teams No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 16 Mississippi State.

“We began our day this morning and ended our day with great debate – as passionate debate as I’ve seen,” Hocutt said during his appearance on ESPN after the rankings were revealed. “At the end of the day, it was the two wins against CFP top 25 teams for Georgia, especially the win over No. 3 Notre Dame. It gave Georgia the very slight edge over Alabama this week.”

Alabama has yet to beat a team in the top 25. Its best win is over Texas A&M.

Hocutt mentioned that a spirited conversation has lasted over the past couple of days when it came to deciding not only the top two teams, but teams ranked No. 3 through No. 7. Coming in behind Georgia and Alabama are No. 3 Notre Dame, No. 4 Clemson, No. 5 Oklahoma, No. 6 Ohio State and No. 7 Penn State.

“I mentioned the discussion being very close for teams 3 through 7. I’d say it was even closer for teams 1 and 2,” Hocutt said. “We spent considerable time (Monday) talking about the differences between Georgia and Alabama.”

College Football Playoff Top 25

1. Georgia (8-0)

2. Alabama (8-0)

3. Notre Dame (7-1)

4. Clemson (7-1)

5. Oklahoma (7-1)

6. Ohio State (7-1)

7. Penn State (7-1)

8. TCU (7-1)

9. Wisconsin (8-0)

10. Miami (7-0)

11. Oklahoma State (7-1)

12. Washington (7-1)

13. Virginia Tech (7-1)

14. Auburn (6-2)

15. Iowa State (6-2)

16. Mississippi State (6-2)

17. USC (7-2)

18. Central Florida (7-0)

19. LSU (6-2)

20. N.C. State (6-2)

21. Stanford (6-2)

22. Arizona (6-2)

23. Memphis (7-1)

24. Michigan State (6-2)

25. Washington State (7-2)

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