Georgia will head into bowl season as the fifth-ranked team, and Ohio State will finish the regular season at No. 6.
The Sooners beat Texas for the Big 12 title, avenging their only loss behind Heisman Trophy contender Kyler Murray.
The Crimson Tide opened as 14-point favorites over the Sooners in their December 29 showdown at the Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Bulldogs will slip from the No. 4 spot where they started the weekend, though they should remain in the top 10 when the selection committee releases its final set of rankings on Selection Sunday.
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Notre Dame will face Clemson in the one semifinal matchup, while Alabama will take on OU in the other. The Bulldogs, per the FPI, were the third-best team in the country, but a 20-point loss at LSU ultimately proved too much to overcome, at least in the eyes of the Playoff committee. Alabama has played in them all. Filling in for Tua Tagovailoa, who sprained his ankle in the second half, Hurts led his team to 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. All night, Georgia's defense had performed well against the beastly Alabama attack.
"Clemson is the best football team we have faced this season and they will probably win a national championship in my opinion", Narduzzi said. The Bulldogs lost a dramatic Southeastern Conference championship game to Alabama on Saturday while the Buckeyes won the Big Ten championship. Notre Dame is the first independent team to make the playoff.
But Ohio State could stand in their way.