Which four teams made it into the College Football Playoff after the 2017 season?
College Football Playoff Final Four
No. 1 Clemson vs. No. 4 Alabama
Clemson makes the College Football Playoff for the third year in a row, and now it gets a third straight shot at Alabama after their two epic national championship games.
The Tigers had a loss to a Syracuse team that ended up losing the rest of the way and finishing 4-8, but they’re hitting their stride at just the right time, closing out with six straight wins and four straight blowouts.
Totally dominant on both lines, they’ve made it look easy. With wins over Auburn, Louisville and Virginia Tech setting the tone in a terrific September.
Did Alabama deserve to get in? Not on resume, but the Ohio State loss to Iowa turned out to be a killer. And now we get to see if the whole Crimson Tide eye test belief matter.
Will this decide the national title again? It’ll be like a national championship game, with Clemson showing why it’s the No. 1 team with a phenomenal game from its defensive front slowing down the okay-not-amazing Crimson Tide offense.
No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Georgia
It’s the first ever meeting between the two schools, and they’re going to be fish out of water in the wonderful Pasadena Rose Bowl setting.
For Georgia, get the job done, it’s win or go home or win and go home. The Dawgs overcame the ugly performance against Auburn to roll through Georgia Tech and win the rematch vs. the Tigers to get a shot at the program’s first national championship since 1980.
With a great win at Notre Dame – back when it was Notre Dame – and with dominant wins throughout the rest of the season, this is a dangerous team with no massage problems. The win after the Irish was the only win that wasn’t a blowout.
Oklahoma had one of the best wins by anyone in college football, setting the tone with the 31-16 stomping of Ohio State in Columbus. From then on, it’s been a fantastic fun ride – at least for the offense.
Baker Mayfield put together a historic season on the way to – likely – the Heisman, with an offense that ripped through everyone but Texas and Iowa State. The defense ….
It got better.
The Sooners rose up over the second half of the season to roll TCU twice, out gun West Virginia, and put away an epic 62-52 win over Oklahoma State. The machine has been unstoppable at times with a ground game to go along with Mayfield’s heroics, and now it’s all coming together in Lincoln Riley’s first year to do far more – compared to the loss to Clemson two years ago – in the program’s second appearance in the College Football Playoff.
Oklahoma is phenomenal, Mayfield is phenomenal, and this team’s confidence is phenomenal, but with time off to get ready, LB Roquan Smith and the Georgia defense will rise up in a thrilling showdown to get back to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.