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College Football Playoff: Clemson-Alabama, Oklahoma-Georgia

Three spots were obvious, one was up for debate, but the College Football Playoff field is set: the No. 1 Clemson Tigers will face the No. 4 Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl, and the No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners will play the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs in the Rose Bowl on January 1.

It will be a moot point by then, but it will still be interesting to see how the FEI ratings view Alabama and the Ohio State Buckeyes when we gather that data later in the week.

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12 comments, Last at 05 Dec 2017, 1:51pm

11 Re: College Football Playoff: Clemson-Alabama, Oklahoma-Georgia

The mere fact that the committee isn't forced to take conference champions/outstanding independent turns it into male bovine feces.

OTOH, this continues the tradition of NCAA Division I/FBS/whatever its called having a beauty contest winner rather than a national champion.
Was wr

7 Re: College Football Playoff: Clemson-Alabama, Oklahoma-Georgia

Of the SEC, Big 12, Big Ten , ACC and Pac12, guess which conference has the worst record vs the other conferences? SEC.
Guess which conference feasted the most on the lowly Sunbelt conference? SEC went 9-1. The other 4 conferences combined went 10-0.
That one Sunbelt win out of 20 games? Came against the team that beat Alabama.
Weak conference. Weak teams. Weak excuses that Ohio State and USC dont deserve it more.

8 Re: College Football Playoff: Clemson-Alabama, Oklahoma-Georgia

I don't know if anyone else has noticed this, but Georgia has won two previous national championships. The first was in 1943, and the second was 37 years later, in 1980. Now, 37 years later, they have a chance to win their third one.

Obviously just a coincidence, but a pretty remarkable one. Watch out for the Dawgs in 2054!