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Alabama makes playoff as No. 4 seed, gets rematch with Clemson

04 December 2017

Since they also have wins against No. 9 Penn State and No. 16 Michigan State, their resume looks like one of a playoff contender.

This year however they'll meet in the semifinals at the Allstate Sugar Bowl in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Jan. 1 at 7:45 p.m. CST.

The College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy awaits its presentation after the College Football Playoff National Championship game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers on January 9, 2017, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. Clemson won the game 35-31.

After "Championship Saturday", there was zero debate on three teams - ACC champ Clemson, Big 12 champ Oklahoma and SEC champ Georgia.

For the first time in the short history of the College Football Playoff, there are two teams from one conference among the final four.

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Urban Meyer's group made a play become the first two-loss semifinalist after Ohio State fell to No. 2 Oklahoma in September and to Iowa in November.

The Bulldogs will play against the Sooners on Jan.1.

For the second consecutive season, the Big Ten champion is left out. At number two Oklahoma, who won the Big XII over TCU, will be in their second college football playoff in the fourth year of the mini-tournament.

"I would say that if we lost to a team in our conference that was not ranked by 30 points that we wouldn't be having this conversation", Saban said in a late-night SportsCenter interview with Scott Van Pelt. That is a matchup of 11-2 teams that have played each other in the Rose Bowl seven times.

As a result, there was a pretty reasonable consensus across the college football polls for Badger football.

Alabama makes playoff as No. 4 seed, gets rematch with Clemson