The final College Football Playoff Rankings have been released on the heels of a few upsets during Championship Weekend. Controlling their own destiny, the Oklahoma Sooners claimed a third consecutive conference crown with a convincing win over the TCU Horned Frogs. Now, with a ticket in hand, Lincoln Riley must prepare his program for a bout with the SEC Champion.
#CFBPlayoff Selection Day:
5️⃣ Ohio State
6️⃣ Wisconsin pic.twitter.com/ycbv6NmUWa
— College Football Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 3, 2017
On the same side of the bracket, the Georgia Bulldogs exacted revenge. Earning a come from behind win in the SEC Championship Game over the Auburn Tigers, it was clear that Kirby Smart’s team would rise into the top four. Clearly that was the case as the Bulldogs leapfrogged into the No. 3 spot. As the College Football Playoff begins, Georgia will meet Oklahoma for a spot in the National Championship Game.
On the other side of the bracket, the Clemson Tigers took care of the Miami Hurricanes. Putting up convincing numbers, the Tiger held on to the top spot in the final rankings and rightfully so. The defending national champions will have the opportuntity to win back-to-back championships under Dabo Swinney.
They’ll be paired agains the Alabama Crimson Tide. Despite not playing in the SEC Title Game and having a weak resume, the committee continues to favor Nick Saban’s recruiting prowess. With top ranked recruiting classes, all college football fans know the talent pool is there for Bama to be competitive at the top level each and every year.
However, the move leaves out the Big 10 Champion — the Ohio State Buckeyes. Of course, Urban Meyer has an argument on his hands after beating an undefeated Wisconsin Badgers program. Regardless, it’s too late the change the minds of the committee, but a Conference Championship should add a bit of weight to any argument.
The field has been set with the Big 10 and PAC-12 being left out of the picture. Who will take home the trophy when it’s all said and done? Only time will tell!