Clemson (12-1) held onto the top spot and the playoff's top overall seed following its convincing 38-3 win over then-No.
OSU finished with a record of 11-2. Ohio State was voted No. 5 and Wisconsin No. 6. Saturday was the Bulldogs' first SEC title since 2005 and they're probably rewarded with the team's first trip to the Rose Bowl since 1943.
Alabama and Clemson have collided in each of the past two national title games, splitting those matchups, while Georgia and Oklahoma have never met. "You got to look at the total body of work that the team did for the entire season, and I would say that if we lost to a team in our conference that was not ranked by 30 points, that you wouldn't be having this conversation".
The No. 1 Tigers will face the No. 4 Crimson Tide in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, and the No. 2 Sooners will play the No. 3 Bulldogs in the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual on January 1, as announced Sunday by the CFP selection committee.
The Buckeyes' 55-24 loss to an unranked Iowa (7-5) on November 4 proved too much for the 13 committee members to overcome, especially in light of the fact that Alabama hasn't lost to an unranked team in the last decade and has never lost any game under Saban by more than 14 points.
"As we saw Alabama play week in and week in out, the selection committee believed Alabama was the better football team", Hocutt told ESPN.
The Tide was the only team to make all three of the playoff fields since it began in 2014. "Three against the top 16 teams in America", Meyer told ESPN. Especially after Sunday afternoon's announcement, with Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia and Alabama making the playoff. This is Oklahoma's second appearance, and the first time for Georgia.
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? But this is most likely a battle between two teams who are used to winning the CFB Championship.