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No. 2 Oklahoma (12-1) will play No. 3 Georgia in the other semifinal, in the Rose Bowl on January 1. The Sooners haven't been ranked worse than No. 5 since the selection committee unveiled their initial 2017 rankings in Week 10.

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

Despite winning the Big Ten Championship on Saturday, the Buckeyes will not be playing for a national championship.

With Alabama's No. 4 placement, it sets up a rematch of last season's national championship game won by Clemson.

Ohio State won the Big Ten conference championship with a 27-21 victory over previous No. 4 Wisconsin (12-1) late Saturday, but also had one more loss than Alabama.

Saban also re-emphasized Alabama's season-opening win over what was then-No.

College Football Playoff committee chairperson Kirby Hocutt said Ohio State's 31-point loss to Iowa hurt the Buckeyes significantly when comparing Alabama and Ohio State.

College football fans: I hope you're ready for Alabama-Louisiana Lafayette next season, because the College Football Playoff committee just gave the green light for more snoozers like that one.

"As we saw Alabama play week in and week in out, the selection committee believed Alabama was the better football team", Hocutt told ESPN. Three teams seem like locks for the playoff.

Clemson (12-1) is making its third straight playoff appearance, but first without star quarterback Deshaun Watson. It will go up against overwhelming Heisman Trophy favorite Baker Mayfield and a Sooner offense that is the best in America. Georgia and Oklahoma will play in the Rose Bowl in the other semifinal.

For the upcoming playoff, with the rankings official, let's say there was an eight-team playoff in place. Don't put too terribly much in the seeding of the teams - it's important for jersey colors and who calls the coin toss - because this should be about as evenly-matched of a semifinal as you'll find.

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