The College Football Playoff selection committee has released the final rankings, setting the stage for the four-team playoff to determine college football’s national champion. Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, and Washington were deemed to be the top-four teams worthy of participating in this year’s playoff. The only sure thing heading into Sunday’s reveal was that Alabama was the undisputed top team in the country. Alabama completed its perfect regular season with a 54-16 win over Florida in the SEC Championship Game. Clemson beat Virginia Tech 42-35 Saturday night to win the ACC and secured a second consecutive spot in the playoff. Ohio State dropped to the three spot, but stayed in the top four, despite not playing in the Big Ten title game and losing to Big Ten champion Penn State. The final team to make the playoff and perhaps the most debated choice was PAC-12 champ Washington. The Huskies dominated Colorado 41-10 in the PAC-12 Championship Game Friday night. The semifinal matchups between Alabama-Washington in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and Ohio State-Clemson in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl will take place on December 31st, with the winner of each game advancing to meet for the National Championship on January 9th at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
Cody Junot joined College AD in November, 2014 as a contributing writer and was shortly promoted to Associate Editor in July, 2015. Cody graduated from UL Lafayette in 2011 with a degree in Sports Management.