This is foolishness. Remember that the reason Alabama is on probation is for recruiting violations. That means that the Alabama Crimson Tide didn't play by the rules when getting its players. They are the best team that cheating could buy. Now I'll admit that whatever they paid for their players, they got their money's worth, because thay have some mighty good ones. But they still cheated. One has to wonder how good they would be if they had played by the rules. They got caught and are being punished. They are NOT the best team absent from Atlanta. They are the best team that got caught cheating and won't be in Atlanta.