Nick Saban votes Alabama No. 2 to Georgia in last coaches poll of the 2022 season

Saban spent the days before the College Football Playoff field was announced campaigning for Alabama to be a part of the four-team field.

 And after Georgia throttled TCU 65-7 in Monday’s national title game,

Saban voted Alabama second behind the Bulldogs in the final USA Today coaches poll of the season.

Saban had TCU at No. 3 followed by Michigan and Ohio State.

The Tide coach wasn’t shy about voicing why Alabama should have been a part of the playoff before it was selected on Dec. 4.

 one of the reasons Saban gave for Alabama’s playoff inclusion was because the Crimson Tide

 would be favored over every other team in college football outside of Georgia on a neutral field.

The Tide’s loss to LSU meant the Tigers won the SEC West. With Alabama not playing that weekend,

Saban even went on Fox’s Big Ten title game halftime show to make the case that Alabama — not Ohio State — should be in the playoff.

Alabama’s playoff case was always a long shot, however.

The Crimson Tide would have been the first team with two losses to make the College Football Playoff.

Ohio State had a significant edge for the fourth and final playoff spot because it had just one regular-season loss.