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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, 2:51pm

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

by GwillyGecko // Dec 03, 2017 - 5:51pm

I disagree; the FEI is a garbage ranking system that has very little interesting qualities!

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

by RickD // Dec 03, 2017 - 7:21pm

So it's a system for ranking garbage that has interesting qualities that also happen to be very little?

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

by BroncosGuyAgain // Dec 03, 2017 - 8:55pm

+1
And, since it is a ranking system for garbage, should it concentrate on the Pac-12 South, SEC East, Big-10 West, and Big-12 defenses? (There. I've managed to offend almost everyone. Now I'm happy.)

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

by BroncosGuyAgain // Dec 03, 2017 - 8:58pm

And since it is a computer-based system, constructed of 1s and 0s and bits and such, shouldn't it stand to reason its qualities are very little?

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

by Raiderjoe // Dec 04, 2017 - 12:13am

Ohio state fan sust be very upset. Sell, euiur tema should not bavs lost to Iowa 55-14

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

by Sixknots // Dec 04, 2017 - 1:15am

I can't believe they put Bama in. This just proves that the conference championships for seeding are bullshit and the college "playoffs" are bullshit!

It's not much, but we should all not watch the "playoff" games and "championship" Game. Protest with your remote.

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

by serutan // Dec 04, 2017 - 3:27pm

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

by Pen // Dec 04, 2017 - 1:35am

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.

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

by MC2 // Dec 04, 2017 - 1:52am

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!

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

by ssereb // Dec 04, 2017 - 3:46am

UCF was robbed

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

by FrontRunningPhinsFan // Dec 05, 2017 - 2:51pm

Fun to dream, but it was never going to happen. If you're not in a Power 5 or pre-season ranked, you have no shot at making it.

Ah, college football - the only sport where a champion isn't decided on the field.

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

by big10freak // Dec 04, 2017 - 9:12am

Wisconsin had its shot and couldn't make it happen.

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