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Alabama joins Clemson, Oklahoma and Georgia

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Stacy Diaz | 04 December, 2017, 00:53

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 opening matchups consist of a rematch of the last two National Championship's in (1) Clemson vs. (4) Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, while (2) Oklahoma will meet (3) Georgia in the Rose Bowl.

A week before Alabama's 26-14 loss to Auburn, the Crimson Tide steamrolled past 5-6 Mercer, a team most sports fans only know for busting their brackets in 2014.

Clemson University, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Georgia and the University of Alabama will play in the final four.

The Southeastern Conference has two teams in the playoff, this is the first time two teams from the same conference will be featured in the final four.

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Alabama and Clemson have played in the past two finals, with each coming down to the final minute; the Tide won the 2015 title.

The Buckeyes defeated the University of Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship 27-21.

Alabama is the only team that has made the four-team CFP field in all four seasons of its existence. 2 Auburn (10-3) - the only team they've lost to all season - with a 28-7 win Saturday afternoon in Atlanta. "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". And it was a pretty significant loss at that. "At the time, that was sort of 'The Opener of the Century, ' and I think our team played well", Saban said.

As a result, there was a pretty reasonable consensus across the college football polls for Badger football.

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