The College Football Playoff era got off to a misleading start.
On Oct. 26, 2014, the selection committee released its first rankings, headlined by Mississippi State at No. 1 and Ole Miss at No. 4. Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Georgia? Only the Crimson Tide were ranked in the top 10.
Of course, Ohio State went on to win that first Playoff championship, the Mississippi teams faded and Alabama has continued its stranglehold on power unlike any other team since Yale in the 1880s. In the Playoff’s seven seasons, college football power has consolidated around the Crimson Tide and CFP mainstays Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma, with signs of dominance from Georgia and an every-star-aligned championship run by LSU.
Of the 28 Playoff bids that have been handed out in seven years, Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma have nabbed at least four each, totaling 20 between them (Notre Dame is the other multi-bid team with two). Alabama and Clemson have combined to win five of seven national titles, while party crashers like Michigan State, Washington and Notre Dame have lost in lopsided semifinals.