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Oklahoma ends regular season as No. 1

08 December 2017

Clemson, the top seed, will open the playoffs against fourth-seeded Alabama. The other three teams in the playoffs would consist of three wild card teams that did not win their conference.

But should it really have? However, there is a more intriguing option, which could make the playoffs more competitive and appealing to viewers.

As far as a team being "better" or "passing the eye test" all depends which set of eyes are looking at it.

Controversy was once again prevalent as the playoff committee revealed their top four teams after a raucous weekend of conference championships that knocked two of the top-four teams, Auburn University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, out of the running for the playoffs.

The only way to determine which team is "better" is by looking at their body of work. We all know how the story goes.

"Eight teams would be better than four and 12 would be better than eight", Harbaugh said. MI will play SC in the game on New Year's Day.

Clemson, the No. 1 team in the top 25 polls and CFP Rankings, check in at No. 2, followed by Georgia, Alabama and Ohio State to round out the top five. And the matchup will be between Oklahoma and Georgia, the second and third-ranked teams, respectively. While the Southeastern Conference has two teams in the playoff for the first time, the Big Ten and Pac-12 were shut out.

Muschamp said he was upset by the treatment of Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano after it was announced that he was going to become the head coach at Tennessee. The two have exchanged victories and, in turn, National Championships, with Alabama winning in 2015 and Clemson winning in 2016.

Explaining the reasoning, Hocutt said that in comparing the teams, Alabama was unequivocally "better" than the others. The Bulldogs boasted one of the most lethal ground attacks in all of college football, with Nick Chubb leading the team with 1,175 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns, while Sony Michel added 948 rushing yards and 13 TDs of his own. So, the schedule is what it is.

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Georgia is the first SEC team to play in the Rose Bowl since Auburn, which lost 34-31 to Florida State in the BCS championship game after the 2013 season.

Against the run, Georgia is 12th nationally (giving up 113 per game) and second in passing yards allowed (158 yards per game) and 17th against the run.

And if we're talking about losses, wouldn't you take a seven-point loss against a two-loss team versus a 12-point loss to a three-loss team?

The first: If you're Alabama, you're in.

That said, Lewis expects a potential loss of viewership could be offset because the semifinals will be played on New Year's Day, the traditional college football holiday.

"We didn't have any problem moving the ball against SEC defenses", Riley quipped on November 6, responding to a question about Big 12 criticism, and referencing the Sooners' 35-19 win over Auburn in last season's Sugar Bowl. Georgia's only loss was in the hands of Auburn, 40-17, but the mere fact that they have captured the SEC and only a loss catapulted the Bulldogs to be part of the college football playoffs in the selection of the college football committee. My hunch is that it might.

The likelihood for the Sooners to accumulate more than 150-plus yards through the air is very high, even if Georgia does get pressure up front from the defensive line.

Meanwhile, Penn State is a 3-point favorite against Washington. After starting quarterback Jacob Eason went down with a knee injury in the season opener, true freshman Jake Fromm took the reins and piloted the offense to a nip-and-tuck road win over Notre Dame and emphatic Ws over the Bulldogs' SEC East competition.

Oklahoma ends regular season as No. 1