Let the debate begin. For weeks, there’s been plenty of hand-wringing and teeth-gnashing surrounding the top of the College Football Playoff rankings — and that was just from the 13 members of the selection committee. How ironic that Twitter doubled its character count around the same time of the first rankings, allowing critics more chances to describe how they truly felt about the committee’s choices. Through it all, the committee members have tuned out all the noise and stuck to their guns with the rankings. They proved that point Sunday when the put a one-loss Alabama team in a semifinal instead of a two-loss conference champion in Ohio State. “The committee just made a statement. They are not into appeasing people’s agendas. They are going to do what they think is right regardless if you agree or disagree,” ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit said following the shocking reveal. Herbstreit’s broadcasting partner, Jesse Palmer, didn’t hold back on his thoughts on the rankings. “The committee really is in love with Alabama. …. I am not convinced Alabama is one of the top four teams in the country. … I am not convinced Alabama would have beaten Wisconsin this past weekend,” Palmer said. As you might expect, the reaction on social media was anything but calm, with critics calling for the playoff to expand to avoid snubbing a conference champion again in the future. Why? The playoff has done exactly what the conference commissioners had hoped it would do: grab the attention of the average college football fan for six consecutive weeks. Love it or hate it, the playoff rankings were the talk of the water cooler the following morning. And this year, most of the conference championships were in essence, playoff play-in games. Win-and-you’re in. It’s as simple as that. “We would take that every year for the ACC Championship Game — to in essence be a quarterfinal playoff game,” ACC commissioner John Swofford said Friday. “That just elevates the game so much more.” Even Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, who was asked about the possibility of not making the playoff Saturday night after the Buckeyes clinched the Big Ten Championship Game, couldn’t deny the playoff’s impact. “[It’s] just