Alabama was selected as the fourth team, over Ohio State.
After months of anticipation, we have our four College Football Playoff teams.
Realistically, Ohio State probably wouldn't have won the national championship this year, but there was a lot riding on this decision.
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Despite not playing in the SEC Championship and a relative lack of perceived quality wins, Alabama beat Florida State when the Seminoles were ranked No. 3 in the AP Top 25 Poll, in addition to wins over LSU and Mississippi State.
One of the asterisks next to OSU's resume is the 55-24 loss to Iowa earlier in the season. Fourteen of the 16 (playoff) teams have been conference champions. The Crimson Tide, on the other hand, lost last weekend to their rival Auburn and didn't even make their conference championship game.
Alabama opened as a one-point favorite against Clemson in Las Vegas despite making the playoff as the No. 4 overall seed. They have the aforementioned Louisiana Lafayette and The Citadel next season as two of their non-conference games. 2 Auburn (10-3) - the only team they've lost to all season - with a 28-7 win Saturday afternoon in Atlanta. Saturday was the Bulldogs' first SEC title since 2005 and they're probably rewarded with the team's first trip to the Rose Bowl since 1943. 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.
Clemson is 22-19 in bowl games and is appearing in the postseason for a 13th straight season.