Alabama (11-1) was No. 1 in consecutive playoff polls before losing to Auburn on November 25.
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. The committee announced Sunday afternoon that Clemson would be the top seed, while Oklahoma, Georgia, and Alabama rounded out the top 4.
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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 went on to win the national championship that year.
After months of anticipation, we have our four College Football Playoff teams. Clemson entered selection day with eight wins over teams with a.500 or better record, including victories over Auburn and Miami.
The Bulldogs will play against the Sooners on Jan.1. And it was a pretty significant loss at that. 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. The Seminoles subsequently lost four of its next six games to begin the season 2-5. "And I think that that consideration based on the kind of team they had then is very important".
"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.