Published: Mon, December 03, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Oklahoma to clash in College Football Playoff

Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Oklahoma to clash in College Football Playoff

The Bulldogs, per the FPI, were the third-best team in the country, but a 20-point loss at LSU ultimately proved too much to overcome, at least in the eyes of the Playoff committee.

Upon reviewing other records and statistics, including strength of schedule, "the one-loss conference champion carried the day", he said.

The Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl host this year's national semifinals before the national championship game will be played at Levi's Stadium - home of the San Francisco 49ers - in Santa Clara, California on January 7.

The SuperBook has been taking bets on a potential national championship game matchup between Alabama and Clemson for more than a month.

The other teams advancing to the playoff are the Crimson Tide, No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Notre Dame.

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The Buckeyes beat Northwestern Saturday night 45-24. The Sooners (12-1) defeated Texas to win the Big 12 title on Saturday.

Georgia (11-2) dropped a spot to fifth and Ohio State (12-1) remained sixth in the selection committee's final top 25 released Sunday.

Ed Salmons, vice president of risk at the SuperBook at Westgate in Las Vegas, said Tagovailoa's injury had no impact on the 14-point spread, reasoning that either the Crimson Tide star would play or backup Jalen Hurts would receive enough reps leading up to the game to be prepared against Oklahoma's 111th-ranked defense.

It could be argued that Georgia still deserved to be in the playoff, given they were the only team to put up a scrap against Bama, but it was always going to be hard for Georgia to get into the playoff without an SEC title.

With the playoff field set, we asked the Rivals.com experts that cover each team why their school will and will not win the national championship. Ohio State was stomped by Purdue midseason, however.

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