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Clemson-Alabama, Oklahoma-Georgia set for playoff semis

Clemson-Alabama, Oklahoma-Georgia set for playoff semis

The football playoffs will begin Monday, Jan. 1 with Oklahoma (12-1) playing Georgia (12-1) in the Rose Bowl at 4 p.m. and Clemson (12-1) playing Alabama (11-1) in the Sugar Bowl at 7:45 p.m.

The Hawkeyes hammered Ohio State 55-24, and the black mark on the Buckeyes' resume was too much for the playoff committee to overlook. Alabama rounds out the top four after losing to Auburn and missing out on the SEC Championship but getting in the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year. Alabama was a slight favorite over Clemson and Oklahoma, with Georgia trailing behind those three teams.

For the first time in the short history of the College Football Playoff, there are two teams from one conference among the final four. It won the 2015 national championship game over Clemson before falling to the same Tiger program in 2016. Oklahoma won the Big 12 championship Saturday by whipping TCU and possesses the expected Heisman Trophy victor, quarterback Baker Mayfield.

Wisconsin checked in at #6 nationally in the AP Poll, Coaches Poll, and the College Football Playoff. 2 Auburn (10-3) - the only team they've lost to all season - with a 28-7 win Saturday afternoon in Atlanta.

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Oklahoma (12-1) overcame a stunning loss to Iowa State in October to win its third straight Big 12 title with a commanding 41-17 win over TCU.

"You noticed that Auburn was really kind of banged up (Saturday against Georgia, running back) Kerryon Johnson couldn't play (and) he was a big part of their offense", Saban continued.

The committee favored a quality record over quality wins this year, and that's going to hurt college football fans more than anything.

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