Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Tide to battle Sooners in CFP semifinals

Tide to battle Sooners in CFP semifinals

Putting Georgia (11-2) in the playoff field over a one-loss Power Five conference championship team would require a precedent-setting vote from the playoff committee.

Georgia was gallant in a 35-28 SEC championship setback to No. 1 Alabama, but that doesn't erase a 36-16 defeat at No. 11 LSU.

This will be only the fourth meeting between Clemson and Notre Dame, the first in a bowl game.

Ohio State finished sixth in the race for four playoff spots after winning the Big Ten title for the third time in five years, trouncing Northwestern 45-24 on Saturday night. "It got taken away at the last second, and we didn't make the play". Sure, it would still likely be Alabama and Clemson in the end, but television executives will tell you that once fans become engaged with a playoff they are more likely to stick around after their teams are out.

Bowl season in our state will have a decidedly southern feel. Location, location, location. This year's championship game is at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on January 7. The committee strained over Oklahoma, Georgia or Ohio State in the fourth spot. Instead, the Bulldogs lost but played well enough to allow coach Kirby Smart to make that case that Georgia should remain in the top four.

While they may not be playing in the College Football Playoff, the #9 Washington Huskies are bound for the prestigious Rose Bowl thanks to a 10-3 win over #17 Utah in the Pac-12 championship. The Bulldogs made the playoff previous year after beating Auburn in the SEC championship game and eventually lost to Alabama for the national title.

The committee didn't buy it. The victory was a landmark one for Clemson, as in addition to being the program's first bowl game, it represented the school's first win against a Top 20 team.

Texas will get the opportunity to firmly announce that they are back among the national elite in the Sugar Bowl, if they can beat the team the committee had as the first team out.

ESPNThe College Football Playoff bracket.

"Obviously you start with their defensive front, outstanding front four".

Bowden was sacked Sunday, a day after Akron completed a disappointing 4-8 season with a 28-3 loss at SC. No one can reasonably say that Georgia is unequivocally better than the Sooners or the Buckeyes to the point that they are incomparable. You can only see them over at SportsLine.

Like this: