Alabama joins Clemson, Georgia, Oklahoma for college football playoffs

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Oklahoma and Georgia will most likely face off in the Rose Bowl (official bowl alignments haven't been announced, but Clemson likely gets the Sugar Bowl) in a game that should be an absolute banger. And the selection committee chose to put in the Crimson Tide, leaving OSU out. The Sooners haven't been ranked worse than No. 5 since the selection committee unveiled their initial 2017 rankings in Week 10.

Meanwhile, Big Ten champion Ohio State (11-2) remained outside of the Top 4 at No. 5 after suffering one more loss than the Crimson Tide, and what a loss it was. It won the 2015 national championship game over Clemson before falling to the same Tiger program in 2016. Auburn (10-3) in the Peach Bowl on January 1.

Alabama (11-1) made the cut despite being idle Saturday and not winning the SEC title. The teams played another thriller last season and Clemson took the title in Tampa, Florida.

"I really do believe based on the total body of work that our team really deserved to be in", Saban said.

Saban also re-emphasized Alabama's season-opening win over what was then-No. Teams don't play well extremely well after they play us.

The Tide was the only team to make all three of the playoff fields since it began in 2014. Clemson is making its third appearance.

Ohio State and USC, both winners of their respective conferences, were not admitted into the playoff. Quarterback Baker Mayfield is the favorite to win the award next weekend.

Oklahoma is in the playoff for the second time and will likely bring the Heisman Trophy victor. I think we had three wins against the top 16 teams in America.

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? "So, even though we didn't win the game, there's a physical toll that a good football team takes on another team, even if they don't win the game".

For the upcoming playoff, with the rankings official, let's say there was an eight-team playoff in place.

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