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Clemson, Alabama matchup a 'home run' for Allstate Sugar Bowl

Clemson, Alabama matchup a 'home run' for Allstate Sugar Bowl

The Ohio State University did not make the College Football Playoff.

No. 2 Oklahoma (12-1) will play No. 3 Georgia in the other semifinal, in the Rose Bowl on January 1. And with a big-name team like Ohio State - an 11-2 conference champ - being left out, you can expect calls for an expanded playoff field to only get louder. Both teams had two-loss champions which evidently didn't impress the committee. Clemson and Alabama are expected to meet in the Sugar Bowl, while Oklahoma and Georgia are expected to vie in the Rose Bowl, with each of those matchups scheduled for New Year's Day.

For the first time in the short history of the College Football Playoff, there are two teams from one conference among the final four. Alabama (11-1) beat the Tigers for the 2015 national title, with Clemson turning the tables last season.




Despite winning the Big Ten Championship on Saturday, the Buckeyes will not be playing for a national championship. While Ohio State owns three impressive wins, over Wisconsin, Penn State and Michigan State, the Buckeyes also have a 31-point loss to five-point Iowa on their résumé. At number two Oklahoma, who won the Big XII over TCU, will be in their second college football playoff in the fourth year of the mini-tournament.

It was a point Saban made during his Saturday night politicking on ESPN. The Seminoles subsequently lost four of its next six games to begin the season 2-5. SEC victor Georgia, who took down Auburn Saturday is in third of the final four.

"I just think we've got a lot of good football players and we've got a good team, and I think a lot of people around this country think we're one of the four best teams in the country".

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