Alabama Joins Clemson, Oklahoma and Georgia in Playoff

I thought Ohio State would be picked because this would have been the most expedient result for the committee.

I have maintained that Ohio State vs. Alabama amounted to splitting hairs. Oklahoma won the Big 12 championship Saturday by whipping TCU and possesses the expected Heisman Trophy victor, quarterback Baker Mayfield.

The Bulldogs will play against the Sooners on Jan.1.

Alabama (11-1) made the cut despite being idle Saturday and not winning the SEC title.

After a 38-3 blowout win over Miami, defending national champion Clemson (12-1) has now won three straight ACC titles and clinched the No. 1 spot in the playoff rankings for the second time in three years.

"I'd say, 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 told Van Pelt.

No. 1 Clemson (12-1) defeated No. 4 Alabama (11-1) in last year's championship game after losing to the Tide in the previous season's title game.

Alabama is the only team to appear in all four years of the playoffs. Ohio State's losses came against Oklahoma and unranked Iowa. "And I think that that consideration based on the kind of team they had then is very important". The Tigers were the hottest team in the country in November, taking down two No. 1 teams at home, so a 26-14 loss to Auburn certainly isn't the worst loss among the teams in the playoff field. "And so we played three top-five teams, and we won two of them".

Clemson (12-1) is making its third straight playoff appearance, but first without star quarterback Deshaun Watson. Quarterback Baker Mayfield is the favorite to win the award next weekend.

With how chaotic the final weeks of the season were, it raised the question of, if four is too small a number for the playoff field? It's Oklahoma's second playoff appearance. "So, even though we didn't win the game, there's a physical toll that a good football team takes on another team, even if they don't win the game".

Wisconsin finished in sixth place in the College Football Playoff rankings.

  • Stacy Allen