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Some critics believe that the four-team format should be expanded, although that poses several issues, namely that the conferences would likely have to drop their lucrative championship games.

No. 1 Alabama (13-0, Southeastern Conference champions) vs.

"I get that there are other great teams out there, but I feel very confident this team can go forward and continue to win", Riley said.

Bowden went 1-11 in his first season at Akron and finished 35-52, going 23-33 record in Mid-American Conference play.

Alabama, Clemson, and Oklahoma are all returning to the playoff for the second straight year.

Ohio State's consolation prize for missing out on the College Football Playoff is a classic matchup in the Granddaddy of Them All. Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, who replaced injured starter Tua Tagovailoa, led a five-play, 52-yard touchdown drive to give Alabama the lead for good. The Knights will put their 25-game winning streak on the line against another SEC team after beating Auburn in the Peach Bowl last season. The winners of these semifinal games will clash in the National Championship on January 7th at Levi's Stadium. Ohio State went on to beat OR for the national championship.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney raises the trophy after Clemson won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship NCAA college football game against Pittsburgh in Charlotte N.C. Saturday Dec. 1 2018

Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart defended the play, but it turned out to change the momentum of the contest. With a win, Texas will secure its first 10-win season since 2009, while Georgia has already wrapped up its sixth double-digit win season in the last eight years.

Thank goodness for Notre Dame or the College Football Playoff would have been nothing but more of the same.

Texas will get the opportunity to firmly announce that they are back among the national elite in the Sugar Bowl, if they can beat the team the committee had as the first team out.

Saturday was an exciting day in college football, but ultimately, things worked out how oddsmakers expected them to work out.

Georgia had both two losses and a blowout loss (at LSU, by 20 in October). "It's about picking the best four teams", many of them claimed, and, without offering any substantial evidence, claimed that Georgia was among the four best teams.

The Tide are 14-point favorites in in the latest Alabama vs. Oklahoma odds, and the Tigers are laying 11.5 in the current Clemson vs. Notre Dame odds. The Bulldogs proved they could hang against the best, but it was not enough to sway the committee into making an unprecedented playoff pick.