Clemson, Alabama matchup a 'home run' for Allstate Sugar Bowl

by Steven Clarke December 4, 2017, 0:34
Clemson, Alabama matchup a 'home run' for Allstate Sugar Bowl

For the first time, two teams from the same conference - Alabama and Georgia from the SEC - are among the final four teams.

The Bulldogs are the No. 3 seed and the Crimson Tide the No. 4 seed, with Clemson and Oklahoma taking the top two spots.

The committee voted Clemson No. 1 followed by Oklahoma, Georgia and Alabama.

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

This determined who will make the College Football Playoff, along with the other 21 teams that fill out the top 25. The crux of his argument: The Big Ten plays nine conference games and had the fewest matchups (three) with FCS opponents among Power Five conferences.

"I'd say, 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 told Van Pelt.

Ohio State (11-2) finished fifth in the selection committee rankings. Ohio State won the Big Ten while Alabama did not even win its Southeastern Conference division. Ohio State was voted No. 5 and Wisconsin No. 6. "And I think that that consideration based on the kind of team they had then is very important". Especially after Sunday afternoon's announcement, with Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia and Alabama making the playoff.

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. It will go up against overwhelming Heisman Trophy favorite Baker Mayfield and a Sooner offense that is the best in America. And, more importantly, we're missing out on what could be one of the best postseasons in sports if we ever got an eight-team playoff.

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?

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