Who’s In? Bama, Clemson, OSU, Washington
The playoff selection process ended with little drama as the top four teams entering the weekend all advanced to the College Football Playoff.
No. 1 Alabama will face the No. 4 Washington Huskies in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl while No. 2 Clemson will face No. 3 Ohio State in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.
Alabama (13-0) is riding a 25-game winning streak dating back to September of last year and is gunning for its fifth national title in nine years. They’ll play the 12-1 Huskies, who are coming in off of winning their first conference title since 2000.
On the other side of the bracket, 12-1 Clemson moved up to No. 2 after defeating Virginia Tech in the ACC title game. They will take on 11-1 and third-ranked Ohio State, who was off this week.
Big Ten champion Penn State—the only team to beat Ohio State this year—was the first team out, ranked fifth after finishing 11-2 and knocking off Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game. Michigan, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, USC and Colorado round out the top ten.
The semifinal games will be played on December 31st, with the national championship game on January 9th.