Here at last. The College Football Playoff rankings committee released its final poll on Sunday, and we now know the four teams who will vie for the national championship.

The full top 25:

Wow. As soon as the final horn sounded in Saturday night’s Big Ten championship, Clemson, Oklahoma and Georgia appeared to be locks to make the Playoff. The final spot was a tossup between Ohio State and Alabama.

The Crimson Tide ultimately got the nod. Ohio State – and USC, for that matter – probably had better resumes than Alabama. But that’s the point of a committee – to allow the four best teams to compete for the national championship. Is Alabama one of the four best teams? There’s no way to know for sure. But the committee thought so. And that’s what matters.

This is only the fourth year of this Playoff system, so we’re all still learning what makes the committee tick. The past two years, in particular, have shown that it’s not all about past performance. It’s also about projecting future performance (which is different than the NCAA tournament, for instance). Ohio State has two wins – Penn State and Wisconsin – better than Alabama’s best win.