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Alabama was selected as the fourth team, over Ohio State. 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. A decisive 38-3 ACC Championship victory over Miami sealed the deal for Clemson, which only has one blemish on its resume, a 27-24 road loss to Syracuse in a game in which Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant was injured. The SEC plays eight conference games, and two weeks ago Alabama took out mighty Mercer of the FCS.

Alabama and Clemson have collided in each of the past two national title games, splitting those matchups, while Georgia and Oklahoma have never met.

The Crimson Tide was also favored to win the national championship among the field of four teams.

Saturday brought us the final games before the College Football Playoff committee makes their final poll.

However, after Auburn and Wisconsin lost, that changed the landscape of the four best teams in the nation.

Ohio State can only blame itself for missing this year's College Football Playoff: Two losses - especially an ugly one to unranked Iowa - knocked the Buckeyes out of contention.

The Sooners knocked off previous No. 11-TCU (10-3), 41-17, earlier Saturday, in Dallas, while the Bulldogs rallied from an early deficit to take revenge on previous-No.

We're having the same conversations we did back in the BCS era. "At the time, that was sort of 'The Opener of the Century, ' and I think our team played well", Saban said.

It was only a matter of time before we got a college football season like this.


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