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Alabama In; Ohio State Out In College Football Playoff

Alabama In; Ohio State Out In College Football Playoff

In 2014, the first season of the four-team CFP, Ohio State made it to the national championship game and beat OR 42-20 at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys that has hosted the Cotton Bowl since the 2009 season.

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.

No. 1 Clemson (12-1) defeated No. 4 Alabama (11-1) in last year's championship game after losing to the Tide in the previous season's title game.

Clemson University, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Georgia and the University of Alabama will play in the final four.

Since that game ended, there was a lot of debate between the two teams.

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

The Buckeyes defeated the University of Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship 27-21.

Georgia won its first SEC title since 2005 with Saturday's 28-7 defeat of an Auburn team that wound up 2-2 against this year's four-team playoff field. Clemson entered selection day with eight wins over teams with a.500 or better record, including victories over Auburn and Miami.

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.

"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. "I think our efforts to play more conference games, to schedule up to a reasonable degree, to reduce the number of mismatches should serve us well".