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Published: Пн, Декабря 04, 2017
Sport | By Desiree Waters

Alabama slips into playoff, beating Ohio State for final spot

Alabama slips into playoff, beating Ohio State for final spot

The Crimson Tide got the nod Sunday for the fourth and final spot over the Buckeyes and will play Clemson on January 1 in the Sugar Bowl. 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.

The rest of the New Year's Six bowls fell this way: USC (11-2) vs. Ohio State (11-2) in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29; Washington (10-2) vs. Penn State (10-2) in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 30; Miami (11-1) vs. Wisconsin (12-1) in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 30; and UCF (12-0) vs.

Alabama was selected as the fourth team, over Ohio State.

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Associated Press

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

Alabama (11-1) made it 4-for-4 in the playoff, the only team that has made them all.

"I really do believe based on the total body of work that our team really deserved to be in", Saban said. After Saturday's conference championship games, the question was whether the committee would value better wins and a conference title (Ohio State) or fewer losses and perhaps a more convincing eye test (Alabama). "And so we played three top-five teams, and we won two of them".

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Saturday brought us the final games before the College Football Playoff committee makes their final poll. Plus, the Sooners have one of the most impressive victories of the entire college football season, a 31-16 rout of Ohio State in Columbus.

The Tide's inclusion into the playoff means we get a third-straight playoff matchup between Alabama and Clemson. This is Oklahoma's second appearance, and the first time for Georgia. And the Tide's inclusion also means its the first time the playoff has taken two teams from the same conference.

Clemson is back in the playoff for a third-straight season. Alabama's best win this year came over an LSU team that lost at home to Troy and a Florida State team that finished sixth in its own division. "So, even though we didn't win the game, there's a physical toll that a good football team takes on another team, even if they don't win the game".

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