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

Oklahoma (12-1) overcame a stunning loss to Iowa State in October to win its third straight Big 12 title with a commanding 41-17 win over TCU.

There was visible surprise on the ESPN set when the rankings were released as most thought Ohio State would get the call. The Tigers entered the week at No. 2.

Ohio State is on the outside looking in at No. 5 with Wisconsin coming in at No. 6. Much like Alabama did this season, Ohio State had entered championship weekend ahead of Penn State. A decisive 38-3 ACC Championship victory over Miami sealed the deal for Clemson, which only has one blemish on its resume, a 27-24 road loss to Syracuse in a game in which Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant was injured.

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Alabama (11-1) was No. 1 in consecutive playoff polls before losing to Auburn on November 25. Three teams seem like locks for the playoff. The debate heading into Sunday's announcement regards whether Ohio State or Alabama should make the playoff.

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? They have the aforementioned Louisiana Lafayette and The Citadel next season as two of their non-conference games. It's Oklahoma's second playoff appearance. 2 Auburn (10-3) - the only team they've lost to all season - with a 28-7 win Saturday afternoon in Atlanta.

OSU was ranked fifth in the final College Football Playoff rankings. 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. But with the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans being the closest bowl to Clemson, the Tigers probably won't be traveling across the country.

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