Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia and Alabama make College Football Playoff

Erica Murray
December 4, 2017

It will be the third straight year Clemson and Alabama will meet in the playoffs and a rematch of the last two national title games.

The Bulldogs are the No. 3 seed and the Crimson Tide the No. 4 seed, with Clemson and Oklahoma taking the top two spots. Clemson won the title last season, while Alabama won it two years ago.

Alabama is the only team to appear in all four years of the playoffs.

The Buckeyes beat an undefeated Wisconsin team in the Big Ten Championship on Saturday.

"I would say that if we lost to a team in our conference that was not ranked by 30 points that we wouldn't be having this conversation", Saban said in a late-night SportsCenter interview with Scott Van Pelt.

Ohio State (11-2) finished fifth in the selection committee rankings.

Saban also re-emphasized Alabama's season-opening win over what was then-No.

The Buckeyes were on the outside looking in of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee's final top four, losing out on that critical fourth spot to 11-1 Alabama - which did not win its division, much less conference championship. Teams don't play well extremely well after they play us. Ohio State's losses came against Oklahoma and unranked Iowa.

"I was kind of hoping we had those good wins".

Clemson will be making its second appearance in the Sugar Bowl. And the Tide's inclusion also means its the first time the playoff has taken two teams from the same conference. If so, Mayfield will be the third player to go from winning the Heisman on to the playoff, joining Oregon's Marcus Mariota in 2014 and Alabama's Derrick Henry in 2015.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma (12-1) and Georgia (12-1) each moved up a bit to solidify their places in the playoff at No. 2 and 3, respectively, with sound victories in their respective Big 12 and Southeastern Conference championship games.

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