Alabama joins Clemson, Georgia, Oklahoma for college football playoffs

Alabama joins Clemson, Georgia, Oklahoma for college football playoffs

Alabama joins Clemson, Georgia, Oklahoma for college football playoffs

A two-loss team has never made the College Football Playoff. Oklahoma and Georgia will meet in the Rose Bowl semifinal a few hours earlier.

The College Football Playoff committee sent the Crimson Tide to a fourth straight semifinal even after sitting out the SEC title game.

The Tide had been more consistent and lost just once.

Alabama and Ohio State would have gotten a chance to settle it on the field, and none of the Power 5 conference champs would have been left out. Washington was 11th and unbeaten UCF was 12th. Auburn (10-3) in the Peach Bowl on January 1. Teams don't play well extremely well after they play us.

"In this case the margins weren't close enough to look at those other matters", Hocutt said. 2 Auburn (10-3) - the only team they've lost to all season - with a 28-7 win Saturday afternoon in Atlanta.

This will be Georgia's first appearance in the College Football Playoff.

The top three teams locked up the top three spots locked up after winning their conference championship games Saturday.

Alabama and Clemson have played in the past two finals, with each coming down to the final minute; the Tide won the 2015 title.

"Alabama's been the standard for a long time", Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said.

Ohio State turned the ball over four times in the loss to the Hawkeyes. "I was kind of hoping that we had those good wins". And, more importantly, we're missing out on what could be one of the best postseasons in sports if we ever got an eight-team playoff. "But I get it".

"We had a loss". Clemson is making its third appearance. The defending national champions have made the National Championship Game in each of the past two seasons.

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. It will go up against overwhelming Heisman Trophy favorite Baker Mayfield and a Sooner offense that is the best in America.

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? Most talented or most accomplished? Alabama could not match that.

The committee favored a quality record over quality wins this year, and that's going to hurt college football fans more than anything. Alabama has dominated college football for a decade since Saban took over.

In the Top 25 released earlier Sunday, Alabama was fourth by a mere seven points over No. 5 Ohio State, but the committee's process is not the same as the traditional polls. The final spot came down to Penn State and Washington and the Huskies won out. Last year, Ohio State was involved in a bit of a controversy again when it didn't win its conference but got in.

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