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Alabama opens as slight favorite over Clemson

Alabama opens as slight favorite over Clemson

Clemson University, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Georgia and the University of Alabama will play in the final four.

Clemson (12-1) held onto the top spot and the playoff's top overall seed following its convincing 38-3 win over then-No. While it took an 11th hour decision by the committee to keep Alabama's playoff streak alive, the Crimson Tide make the playoff for the fourth consecutive year.

OSU finished with a record of 11-2.

Alabama was selected as the fourth team, over Ohio State.

Oklahoma (12-and-1) handled TCU easily in the Big 12 Championship 41-17.

Georgia may possess the nastiest defense in college football, as the Bulldogs fly around like insane and make plays at all three levels of the defense.

With Alabama's No. 4 placement, it sets up a rematch of last season's national championship game won by Clemson.

"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* didn't make the College Football Playoff, and the Buckeyes' loss to 7-5 Iowa is why they won't play for a national championship. Teams don't play well extremely well after they play us.

"You want to get the four best teams in the playoff", Alabama coach Nick Saban told ESPN before the pairings were announced. This is Oklahoma's second appearance, and the first time for Georgia.

College football fans: I hope you're ready for Alabama-Louisiana Lafayette next season, because the College Football Playoff committee just gave the green light for more snoozers like that one. It will go up against overwhelming Heisman Trophy favorite Baker Mayfield and a Sooner offense that is the best in America. But this is most likely a battle between two teams who are used to winning the CFB Championship.


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