Irish Earned Third Seed in the College Football Playoff

Irish Earned Third Seed in the College Football Playoff

Irish Earned Third Seed in the College Football Playoff

But outside of the College Football Playoff, bowl pairings hinge on much more than merit, with politicking and horse-trading the norm.

The first answer came a little before noon Sunday - the playoff selection committee ranked the Sooners fourth and set up a December 29 showdown with the top-ranked Crimson Tide.

The pervious highest-rated game this season was Ohio State-Michigan last week on Fox, which drew a 7.5 rating. We're going to look at the top-16 teams in the final rankings and put them in a College Football Playoff bracket and simulate how things would transpire in that scenario.

Kirk Herbstreit: "I don't think Notre Dame plays a system or style that is conducive to blow people out and impress you in terms of saying they are better than "this team" or "that team". You went with the team who won a conference championship and not a team the football people in the room thought would win head-to-head.

When they play again for a spot in the national championship game, there will be no concerns about the weather.

Notre Dame is vying for its first national title since 1988.

The College Football Playoff field is set thanks to a conference championship week that left viewers on the edge of their seat in anticipation for the final CFP revealings. Throughout their history, the Tide have appeared in 68 bowl games, including seven national championship games.

The other CFP semifinal this season is at the Cotton Bowl, where second-seeded Clemson will face third-seeded Notre Dame in a battle of unbeatens. The winners will meet on January 7 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

Hancock told ESPN the committee's decision on that fourth and final spot drew "occasionally contentious" debate involving Oklahoma, Georgia and Ohio State.

Faced with a tricky choice, the College Football Playoff selection committee played it safe and fell back on some simple criteria: One loss is better than two.

Oklahoma claimed a conference championship by posting a 39-27 win over Texas in the Big 12 title game. Most of all, Georgia is a two-loss team, while Oklahoma only lost once. "Sure, that was part of the discussion, but it was just one part of it".

A blowout loss to Purdue in October doomed the Buckeyes, but their second trip to Pasadena in 22 years is a pretty decent finish to an eventful season under coach Urban Meyer.

"It's not a playoff". Proud of our team.

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