After the University of Alabama (UA) made it to the College Football Playoffs (CFP) over undefeated Florida State on Sunday, head football coach Nick Saban claimed he received over 250 anonymous phone calls from upset fans.
The CFP committee faced a challenging predicament over the weekend as it had to choose between five deserving teams, some undefeated and others that were one-loss conference champions, to contend for the National Championship in the four-team CFP.
Alabama, which lost to Texas at the beginning of the season, made the No. 4 spot over Florida State, which remained undefeated after its victory over Louisville on Saturday night in the Atlantic Coastal Conference Championship game.
Now, Alabama will face an undefeated Michigan team in the semifinals. Meanwhile, Washington will face Texas in the other seminal, creating the possibility of an Alabama-Texas rematch in the National Championship game on January 8.
In a statement, Florida State head coach Mike Norvell said he was “disgusted and infuriated” at the CFP committee’s decision to leave Florida State out of the playoffs. He argued that, as an undefeated team in a Power 5 conference, his team should be included in the playoffs instead of one of the one-loss teams selected by the committee.
According to reports, during an awards banquet on Sunday night, Saban used his experience being doxed to show his team that some do not think Alabama deserves to be in the playoffs.
Saban specified that most of the anonymous callers were from Florida and that he didn’t know how they got his phone number.
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