Alabama slips into playoff, beating Ohio State for final spot

After "Championship Saturday", there was zero debate on three teams - ACC champ Clemson, Big 12 champ Oklahoma and SEC champ Georgia. While the loss to Iowa State was a shocker at the time, the Cyclones finished the regular season with a respectable 7-5 record. Ohio State was the first, being selected last season over Big Ten champion Penn State.

There was visible surprise on the ESPN set when the rankings were released as most thought Ohio State would get the call.

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The Crimson Tide have only one loss, and that was to a tough Auburn team.

A two-loss team has never made the College Football Playoff. The Badgers trail The Ohio State by 138 points in the AP Poll and 136 ranking points in the Coaches Poll.

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Bryant has been excellent in the six games since the Syracuse loss, completing 125-of-186 passes (67 percent) for 1,303 yards, nine touchdowns and just two interceptions. This is Oklahoma's second appearance, and the first time for Georgia. They also started the season 11-0 and fell a game short of the SEC Championship game. "We'll let everybody else argue about who should and shouldn't have been, but what we know right now is that we have a great ball game coming up on January 1".

Perhaps the most newsworthy item is that the Big Ten and Pac-12 were shutout of the College Football Playoff. Unfortunately for them, their lack of a championship will be a factor for them, as well as their lack of big wins. 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.

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