After much debate, the committee selected Alabama over Ohio State, with OSU’s loss to Iowa being the deciding factor. The playoff schedule is now locked in.
College Football Playoffs and Championship Game
Jan. 1, 2018
College Football Playoff at the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual
5 p.m., ESPN
No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Georgia
A matchup of two of the hottest teams in the country, both winning their Conference Championship games handily. Georgia got its revenge over Auburn 28-7 by slowing down the vaunted Auburn running game and capitalizing on 2 turnovers and a blocked field goal.
Oklahoma steamrolled TCU 41-17 while the prohibitive Heisman trophy candidate, Baker Mayfield, was stellar, throwing four touchdowns and 243 yards. Oklahoma outgained TCU on the ground, 218 to 83.
College Football Playoff at the Allstate Sugar Bowl
8:45 p.m., ESPN
New Orleans, LA
No. 1 Clemson vs No. 4 Alabama
This will be a rematch of last year’s national championship game with Clemson taking home the trophy. This year’s teams are similar, with Clemson replacing Deshaun Watson with Kelly Bryant. It was Bryant’s emergence and a stout Clemson defense that propelled them to the No. 1 ranking and into the Sugar Bowl. Even though Alabama backed into the game, the early Vegas line has Alabama as a 2-point favorite. What makes Alabama an attractive bet is the return to health of a number of key Alabama defenders. This should make the game more competitive than the rankings.
Jan. 8, 2018
National Championship - Atlanta, GA | 8 p.m. ESPN
Prediction: No. 1 Clemson vs No. 3 Oklahoma