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

Otis Hoffman
December 4, 2017

This year, the committee bypassed the Buckeyes to take Alabama, which, like Ohio State in 2016, failed to win its own conference division. 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. Ohio State was voted No. 5 and Wisconsin No. 6.

It'll be Alabama-Clemson in the Sugar Bowl on January 1 for a spot in the national championship game.

Ohio State is returning to the stadium where the Buckeyes won the first College Football Playoff championship under the current system.

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Alabama opened as a one-point favorite against Clemson in Las Vegas despite making the playoff as the No. 4 overall seed.

I thought Ohio State would be picked because this would have been the most expedient result for the committee. Oklahoma makes the playoff for the second time, its first appearance since 2015.

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. They also started the season 11-0 and fell a game short of the SEC Championship game. The Crimson Tide, on the other hand, lost last weekend to their rival Auburn and didn't even make their conference championship game.

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OSU was ranked fifth in the final College Football Playoff rankings. Unfortunately for them, their lack of a championship will be a factor for them, as well as their lack of big wins.

The College Football Playoff committee sent the Crimson Tide to a fourth straight semifinal even after sitting out the SEC title game.

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