Alabama joins Clemson, Georgia, Oklahoma for college football playoffs

Alabama joins Clemson, Georgia, Oklahoma for college football playoffs

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Teams like Penn State, TCU, USC, Wisconsin, Auburn and Miami were all around the top 10 in November and had a case to be a top-four team at some point.

No. 2 Oklahoma (12-1) will play No. 3 Georgia in the other semifinal, in the Rose Bowl on January 1.

Ohio State missed out on the College Football Playoff on Sunday, with Alabama claiming the No. 4 spot instead of the Buckeyes.

Alabama will play No. 1 Clemson (12-1), the defending national champion, in the Sugar Bowl; the other semifinal will match No.2 Oklahoma (12-1) against No. 3 Georgia (12-1) in the Rose Bowl.

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Alabama and Clemson have collided in each of the past two national title games, splitting those matchups, while Georgia and Oklahoma have never met. The crux of his argument: The Big Ten plays nine conference games and had the fewest matchups (three) with FCS opponents among Power Five conferences.

Georgia won its first SEC title since 2005 with Saturday's 28-7 defeat of an Auburn team that wound up 2-2 against this year's four-team playoff field. And it was a pretty significant loss at that. However, their losses to Oklahoma (31-16 at home) and Iowa (55-24 on the road) haunt them.

"I would say that if we lost to a team in our conference that was not ranked by 30 points that we wouldn't be having this conversation", Saban said in a late-night SportsCenter interview with Scott Van Pelt. 3 Florida State (6-6), which has seemingly fallen off the national map after losing its starting quarterback, Deondre Francois, for the season in the fourth quarter against the Tide.

"I just think we've got a lot of good football players and we've got a good team, and I think a lot of people around this country think we're one of the four best teams in the country".

  • Kyle Warner