Instant outrage: Internet reaction to the College Football Playoff top four
It was the moment we waited for all season: The College Football Playoff selection committee released its field on Sunday afternoon. As Ohio State jumped up to No. 4, thus leaving TCU and Baylor out of the playoff, all the energy and emotion everyone had been expending to make jokes and discount contenders spilled over. No. 1 Alabama will play No. 4 Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl, and No. 2 Oregon will play No. 3 Florida State in the Rose Bowl. We have a playoff. We have a bracket. And people were always going to be upset.
Watching events like this unfold in real time is incredible. People actually get upset, and they show it. Others just enjoy the moment.
We've collected some of the afternoon's best tweets. Football is weird and great.
One lonely 'Nole
Before the committee released its rankings, one Florida State fan waited outside the conference room in hopes of -- well, I don't know. But he is likely happy since the Seminoles are ranked No. 3 and drew Oregon in the Rose Bowl.
Tray tables up
SI.com's own Lindsay Schnell had a flight to catch when the official selections were unveiled, and there were plenty of others on the plane who wanted to learn the final field. College football never sleeps.
Tom Rinaldi, known for his heart-wrenching stories, was sent to Baylor as ESPN put reporters on various campus sites. We should have known what that meant.
Waco got Rinaldi. That means Baylor's gonna be sad.— jason (@JasonKirkSBN) December 7, 2014
Tom Rinaldi anticipating Baylor's grief like a hungry wolf eyeing a lamb that strays from the herd.— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) December 7, 2014
WHO IS KEITH?
Rece Davis dropped a bomb on everyone before we knew the final four: A graphics operator named Keith had the rankings. He was working them up. WHO WAS KEITH? WAS HE GOING TO TRICK US ALL?
Trust the process
There was no doubt heading into Sunday about whether Alabama would be in the playoff. There really wasn't any doubt about whether the Crimson Tide would be No. 1. Nick Saban and his team reacted to the unveil accordingly. I've seen people get more jacked when they get six Wendy's chicken nuggets in a pack of five.
"You clap, you die" - Nick Saban to the Alabama football team— Brian Floyd (@BrianMFloyd) December 7, 2014
I think Nick Saban even coaches his guys how to clap, they all used the same form.— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) December 7, 2014
And the (consolation) winner is ...
Michigan State fans are quietly some of the best in the nation. The Spartans clearly weren't going to make the playoff, but SB Nation's Michigan State blog put things in a humorous perspective after the top four were announced.
Worth mentioning that MSU's two losses this season came to the #2 and #4 teams. YAY CONSOLATION FACT.— The Only Colors (@TheOnlyColors) December 7, 2014
Tweet of the day
Quarterback Bryce Petty's Baylor squad came in at No. 5 and just missed the playoff. Petty was in church during the release, but he was just as curious as the rest of us. I don't think he will have any trouble with that whole forgiveness thing.
And I need to ask for forgiveness bc I was definitely checking Twitter in church haha— Bryce Petty (@b_petty14) December 7, 2014