Both defeated quality opponents easily and added conference championships to their resume. Georgia also has wins over Notre Dame, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Georgia Tech. By comfortably beating Auburn, Georgia should have no worries about ending up in the CFP top 4 on Sunday, either.
Alabama was ranked as the top team in the nation before it lost to Auburn in Week 13. That has to be good news, right?
Alabama edged Ohio State to grab the fourth spot in the playoff. The Bulldogs were just one spot behind the Crimson Tide in this week's rankings and should jump Alabama easily, given the fact that they claimed the SEC championship this weekend and now have a better record than Alabama. "That was just kind of always one of those places that you kind of put on the bucket list as far as, want to go to that game one day, be involved in that game one day". Just outside of the Top 4, #5 Ohio State and #6 Wisconsin.
It's all up to the committee. The Bulldogs beat Auburn 28-7 in the conference championship game on Saturday.
The Buckeyes' win earned Urban Meyer's team the Big Ten championship, but it may have knocked the conference out of the running for the College Football Playoff. But nobody knows which criteria the committee will weight as most important this year. In the AP media poll, Alabama received 1,307 points to Ohio State's 1,300.
No. 1 Clemson vs. The Rose Bowl winner will take on the Sugar Bowl victor, either Alabama or defending national champion Clemson, in the title game on January 9 in Atlanta. Is appearing in the College Football Playoff for the second time in three years.
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Oklahoma's most likely ranking on Sunday is No. 2, given that the Sooners were the second highest ranked team to pick up a win over the weekend.
Both teams will be making their second appearances in the Rose Bowl.
Alabama and Clemson have collided in each of the past two national title games, splitting those matchups, while Georgia and Oklahoma have never met.
It's conceivable the committee could have Ohio State in place of Alabama, but the Buckeyes' two losses will be hard to overlook.
Because of this, whichever school "wins" the Alabama/Ohio State debate will nearly undoubtedly be the No. 4 seed. Like most SEC teams the Bulldogs can run the ball with authority - Nick Chubb and Sony Michel combine for nearly 170 rushing yards per game - but they're best known for their defense.
Kickoff for the CFP semifinal game at the Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual between the third-ranked Bulldogs (12-1) and the Big 12 champion Sooners (12-1) will be at 5:10 p.m. ET and be televised on ESPN.