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Here's what an 8-team College Football Playoff would have looked like

Here's what an 8-team College Football Playoff would have looked like

The debate is done, and for the fourth time since the College Football Playoff's inception, Alabama finds itself in the four-team field. It is the second time the Tigers have been the No. 1 overall seed, as they also claimed the top spot in 2015.

It'll be Alabama-Clemson in the Sugar Bowl on January 1 for a spot in the national championship game.

After months of anticipation, we have our four College Football Playoff teams.

"The precedent was really kind of set past year in the Big Ten when Penn State beat Ohio State and Penn State won the Big Ten Championship", Saban told ESPN's Scott Van Pelt on Saturday evening. The Sooners haven't been ranked worse than No. 5 since the selection committee unveiled their initial 2017 rankings in Week 10.

Alabama was chosen despite not winning even its division title. The 11-1 Crimson Tide were off on Saturday while Ohio State, 11-2, beat previously-undefeated Wisconsin for the Big Ten title Saturday night.

Meanwhile, Big Ten champion Ohio State (11-2) remained outside of the Top 4 at No. 5 after suffering one more loss than the Crimson Tide, and what a loss it was. "And so we played three top-five teams, and we won two of them".

The culprit for the Buckeyes was a 31-point loss at Iowa on November 4, in addition to the 15-point home loss to No. 2 Oklahoma in September. "I was kind of hoping that we had those good wins".

The Tide's inclusion into the playoff means we get a third-straight playoff matchup between Alabama and Clemson. Oklahoma will meet Georgia in the other semifinal. It will go up against overwhelming Heisman Trophy favorite Baker Mayfield and a Sooner offense that is the best in America.

"You want to get the four best teams in the playoff", Alabama coach Nick Saban told ESPN before the pairings were announced.

That the most controversial playoff pick yet came down to these two teams made it an even juicer plotline.

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