Oklahoma snags 4th spot in football playoff semifinals

College Football Playoff Rankings 2018: Selection Sunday Top 25 projections

College Football Playoff Rankings 2018: Selection Sunday Top 25 projections

The playoff committee, however, gave the nod to the Sooners, setting up a rematch of the 2014 Sugar Bowl, when Oklahoma upset Alabama 45-31 as 17-point underdogs.

The Nittany Lions were idle on championship weekend and are still awaiting their bowl destination. Alabama and Clemson are the third and fourth teams to be double-digit favorites in a playoff game, semifinal or final. The Crimson Tide breezed through its regular-season schedule, becoming the first team since Yale in 1888 to beat its first 12 opponents by 20 points or more.

Time to set the field for college football's final four.

Notre Dame will face Clemson in the one semifinal matchup, while Alabama will take on OU in the other.

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The Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl host this year's national semifinals before the national championship game will be played at Levi's Stadium - home of the San Francisco 49ers - in Santa Clara, California on January 7.

Oklahoma also fell to Florida in the 2008 BCS National Championship game in the same stadium.

Prior to Saturday's SEC Championship, the Georgia Bulldogs were ranked No. 4 in the country. Alabama hung on against rival Georgia to win the SEC, Clemson routed Pitt in the ACC and Oklahoma topped Texas in the Big 12.

Georgia (11-2) dropped a spot to fifth and Ohio State (12-1) remained sixth in the selection committee's final top 25 released Sunday. "So we went with the one-loss conference champion". "Do you want the four best teams in or not?" Ohio State was stomped by Purdue midseason, however.

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