Championship Saturday Recap: Who Will Get In The Playoff?

04 December, 2017, 02:04 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • ESPN Game Day analyst Kirk Herbstreit talks football on the ESPN Game Day set before Alabama's football game with Wisconsin Saturday Sept. 5 2015 in Sundance Square in Fort Worth Texas

Alabama joins SEC champion Georgia and an all-SEC title game on January 8 is possible.

"Even though we didn't finish in the last game [against Auburn] like we'd like, we feel like the committee did a great job of picking the four best teams", Saban said.

The Hawkeyes hammered Ohio State 55-24, and the black mark on the Buckeyes' resume was too much for the playoff committee to overlook.

The Alabama-Ohio State debate was the trickiest of the playoff era. It would be a shock for any of them to not be in the playoff picture.

Oklahoma is in the playoff for the second time and will likely bring the Heisman Trophy victor. The teams played another thriller last season and Clemson took the title in Tampa, Florida.

Georgia (12-1) and Oklahoma (12-1) have never played. The South Point opened the game pick 'em but moved to Alabama -1 after taking sharp bets on the Tide, sports book director Chris Andrews confirmed in a text message to Omnisport. Most talented or most accomplished?




As for Sunday, the teams who won their respective conference championship games eyed a spot in the College Football Playoff Rankings reveal. Alabama could not match that. The Big Ten makes $12 million for three teams.

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

"I really do believe based on the total body of work that our team really deserved to be in", Tide coach Nick Saban said in an ESPN interview. Two of those four will advance to the National Championship Game and look to win the 2018 title on Monday, Jan. 8.

Revenue from the College Football Playoff is not heavily weighted toward the teams and conferences that reach the semifinals.

They are two of college football's flagship programs, rich in both tradition. The Badgers tumbled three places with the loss to sit behind The Ohio State who rose to #5. The Badgers trail The Ohio State by 138 points in the AP Poll and 136 ranking points in the Coaches Poll.

Saban said he flipping back and forth between the Ohio State-Wisconsin and Clemson-Miami games on Saturday night. The final spot came down to Penn State and Washington and the Huskies won out.

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