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Alabama opens as slight favorite over Clemson


Last season, the committee bypassed Big Ten champ Penn State to take Ohio State.

The No. 1 Tigers will face the No. 4 Crimson Tide in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, and the No. 2 Sooners will play the No. 3 Bulldogs in the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual on January 1, as announced Sunday by the CFP selection committee.

The Crimson Tide have only one loss, and that was to a tough Auburn team.

For the first time in the short history of the College Football Playoff, there are two teams from one conference among the final four.

With Alabama's No. 4 placement, it sets up a rematch of last season's national championship game won by Clemson.

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


The Bulldogs will play against the Sooners on Jan.1.

"The precedent was really kind of set previous year in the Big Ten when Penn State beat Ohio State and Penn State won the Big Ten Championship", Saban told ESPN's Scott Van Pelt on Saturday evening. And it was a pretty significant loss at that.

Oklahoma (12-1) overcame a stunning loss to Iowa State in October to win its third straight Big 12 title with a commanding 41-17 win over TCU.

In fairness, the Seminoles would've made more noise this year had their starting quarterback stayed healthy, but you can't convince me that would've happened to an Oklahoma, Clemson, or - dare I say it - an Ohio State.

Saban also re-emphasized Alabama's season-opening win over what was then-No. "I think our efforts to play more conference games, to schedule up to a reasonable degree, to reduce the number of mismatches should serve us well".

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

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