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Championship week ended, but the real drama was only beginning. We knew only a handful of teams remained in the running for the four spots, but we needed to see some results. Now, we know the order of the College Football Playoff and what the matchups will be for the semifinals.
College Football Playoff teams
LSU dominated Georgia 37-10 in the SEC Championship Game. The Tigers have looked like the best team all year, and they made a convincing case for the top spot. Joe Burrow and the offense have not disappointed all year.
Dabo Swinney’s been defending his team in case they lost, but the Tigers didn’t have anything to worry about against Virginia. Behind Tee Higgins’ 182 yards and three touchdowns receiving, Clemson won 62-17 to win their fifth straight ACC title.
Ohio State overcame a 21-7 halftime deficit to beat the Wisconsin Badgers for the Big Ten title. After allowing Jonathan Taylor to rush for 135 yards in the first half, the Buckeyes slowed him down in the second half.
Oklahoma avoided a first half letdown against Baylor, but still needed overtime to beat the Bears. The Sooners defense came up big in the extra period, and Georgia’s loss put them in the playoff. Jalen Hurts led another team to the playoff, and is one win away from playing for a national championship in every single season of his collegiate career.
- This was the first playoff selection where the teams selected weren’t a surprise. The debate shifted to which team would be the number one between LSU and Ohio State (and kind of Clemson, but not really).
- Jalen Hurts vs. Joe Burrow. Justin Fields vs. Trevor Lawrence. It didn’t matter the order, because the quarterback matchups were going to be elite.
- LSU was the most deserving team to receive the top spot all year, even with Ohio State on their heels most of the season. Both teams played well, but the Tigers were just a little better.
- Oklahoma’s being overlooked because of the talk about the three teams above them. That could lead to a surprise. Don’t sleep on the Sooners.