Alabama In; Ohio State Out In College Football Playoff

Posted December 04, 2017

Ohio State missed the playoffs, despite winning the Big Ten and having a very solid resume of wins that included Penn State, Michigan State, and Wisconsin.

The Crimson Tide (11-1), which lost to Auburn 26-14 in its last game two weeks ago, will play No. 1 and reigning national champion Clemson (12-1) in what is expected to be the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.

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The College Football Playoff Committee said the 31-point loss to the University of the Iowa was one of the factors why Ohio State was not selected for the tournament. Alabama's loss came against Auburn. The committee announced Sunday afternoon that Clemson would be the top seed, while Oklahoma, Georgia, and Alabama rounded out the top 4.

Alabama and Clemson have collided in each of the past two national title games, splitting those matchups, while Georgia and Oklahoma have never met.

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The Big Ten-champion Buckeyes will play in the Cotton Bowl on December 29 against Pac-12 champion Southern California. "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". This determined who will make the College Football Playoff, along with the other 21 teams that fill out the top 25.

Urban Meyer's group made a play become the first two-loss semifinalist after Ohio State fell to No. 2 Oklahoma in September and to Iowa in November. "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. But I get it. Move forward and get around people you care about - your family and teammates".

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The committee favored a quality record over quality wins this year, and that's going to hurt college football fans more than anything.