Alabama will face Clemson in College Football Playoff

Matthew Speakman

After a week of speculation, Alabama was selected for its fourth-straight College Football Playoff. The Crimson Tide comes in at No. 4, and will face Clemson in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1. 

The selection came down to Alabama and Ohio State. Overall, it seemed the committee went went the eye test, and discredited Ohio State because of its two losses. The Buckeyes finished No.5 in the rankings after beating Wisconsin, 27-21, in the Big Ten Championship.

This will be the third-straight time Alabama has faced Clemson in the CFP, with the previous two times coming in the national championship. Alabama won the first matchup, 45-40, while Clemson won last season, 31-28.

Alabama is currently favored by one points over the Tigers in the semifinal.

Final rankings:

  1. Clemson
  2. Oklahoma
  3. Georgia
  4. Alabama
  5. Ohio State
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Auburn
  8. USC
  9. Penn State
  10. Miami
  11. Washington
  12. UCF
  13. Stanford
  14. Notre Dame
  15. TCU
  16. Michigan State
  17. LSU
  18. Washington State
  19. Oklahoma State
  20. Memphis
  21. Northwestern
  22. Virginia Tech
  23. Mississippi State
  24. NC State
  25. Boise State