Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia and Alabama earn berths
Dec 04 2017
Alabama opened as a one-point favorite against Clemson in Las Vegas despite making the playoff as the No. 4 overall seed.
This is the third straight postseason meeting between Alabama and Clemson.
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett threw touchdown passes and two interceptions in the win against the Badgers.
Ohio State (11-2) finished fifth in the selection committee rankings.
After "Championship Saturday", there was zero debate on three teams - ACC champ Clemson, Big 12 champ Oklahoma and SEC champ Georgia.
Ohio State and USC, both winners of their respective conferences, were not admitted into the playoff.
Quarterback Baker Mayfield is playing like the Heisman Trophy frontrunner and Oklahoma's offense is a well-oiled machine at this point.
Alabama was selected as the fourth team, over Ohio State.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma (12-1) and Georgia (12-1) each moved up a bit to solidify their places in the playoff at No. 2 and 3, respectively, with sound victories in their respective Big 12 and Southeastern Conference championship games.
Alabama (11-1) was No. 1 in consecutive playoff polls before losing to Auburn on November 25.
Georgia may possess the nastiest defense in college football, as the Bulldogs fly around like insane and make plays at all three levels of the defense.
The College Football Playoff values a one-loss team over a two-loss conference champion.
"You want to get the four best teams in the playoff", Alabama coach Nick Saban told ESPN before the pairings were announced. Well, we found out the answer Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately for them, their lack of a championship will be a factor for them, as well as their lack of big wins. And the selection committee chose to put in the Crimson Tide, leaving OSU out. This is their lowest final ranking in the playoff era, after entering the playoff ranked No. 1 in 2014 and 2016, and No. 2 in 2015.