Published: Mon, December 04, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia and Alabama will vie for national championship

Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia and Alabama will vie for national championship

That's due to Clemson, Auburn, Oklahoma and Wisconsin taking No. 1, 2, 3 and 4, respectively, entering Saturday's action.

"Over the course of the year, as we saw Alabama play week in and week out, our rankings show when we start with a clean sheet of paper each and every week that the selection committee believed that Alabama was the better football team", Hocutt said. Ohio State was voted No. 5 and Wisconsin No. 6. Oklahoma won the Big 12 championship Saturday by whipping TCU and possesses the expected Heisman Trophy victor, quarterback Baker Mayfield.

The Sooners knocked off previous No. 11-TCU (10-3), 41-17, earlier Saturday, in Dallas, while the Bulldogs rallied from an early deficit to take revenge on previous-No.

Ohio State missed out on the College Football Playoff on Sunday, with Alabama claiming the No. 4 spot instead of the Buckeyes. Ohio State won the Big Ten while Alabama did not even win its Southeastern Conference division.

Just check out the matchups we would have been able to watch, based on the top-eight in the College Football Playoff rankings... Teams don't play well extremely well after they play us. "I was kind of hoping that we had those good wins". Clemson is making its third appearance.

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"You want to get the four best teams in the playoff", Alabama coach Nick Saban told ESPN before the pairings were announced.

Quarterback Baker Mayfield is playing like the Heisman Trophy frontrunner and Oklahoma's offense is a well-oiled machine at this point.

College Football Playoff committee chairperson Kirby Hocutt said Ohio State's 31-point loss to Iowa hurt the Buckeyes significantly when comparing Alabama and Ohio State. Oklahoma makes the playoff for the second time, its first appearance since 2015.

That the most controversial playoff pick yet came down to these two teams made it an even juicer plotline.

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