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The College Football Playoff field is set.
Clemson is the No. 1 seed and will play No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.
Oklahoma is the No. 2 seed and will face No. 3 Georgia in the Rose Bowl.
he Tigers enter as the defending champions after crushing Miami (Fla.) in the ACC title game. The Crimson Tide beat out Big Ten champion Ohio State for the final spot despite not winning its SEC division.
Its the first time two teams from the same conference have made the field. It’s also the second consecutive season a team that did not play in a conference championship game was selected.
“We don’t look at conference affiliation,” College Football Playoff committee chairman Kirby Hocutt after the announcement. “We look at the four best teams.”
This will be the third consecutive meeting in the playoff between Clemson and Alabama. They played in the last two championship games with the Tide winning in 2015 and the Tigers winning in 2016.
The Sooners and Bulldogs both clinched their spots with respective conference championship game victories in the Big 12 and SEC. The two teams have never played.
Clemson, Oklahoma and Alabama are all making repeat appearances in the field. The trio along with Ohio State have accounted for 11 of the 16 berths in the four years of the systems. This the first time Georgia has been selected.
Both of the semifinal games will be played on Jan. 1.
The winners will meet in the College Football Playoff championship game on Jan. 8 in Atlanta.
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