Clemson, Alabama matchup a 'home run' for Allstate Sugar Bowl

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

The College Football Playoff committee sent the Crimson Tide to a fourth straight semifinal even after sitting out the SEC title game.

It was down to the Tide and the Buckeyes (11-2) for the final spot and the committee ultimately went with Nick Saban's squad.

Confetti fell on the Ohio State buckeyes late Saturday night after topping previously unbeaten Wisconsin 27-21 in the Big Ten Championship Game. The crux of his argument: The Big Ten plays nine conference games and had the fewest matchups (three) with FCS opponents among Power Five conferences.

Alabama (11-1) made it 4-for-4 in the playoff, the only team that has made them all. Alabama (11-1) beat the Tigers for the 2015 national title, with Clemson turning the tables last season.

"I really do believe based on the total body of work that our team really deserved to be in", Saban said.

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Alabama earned the fourth spot in the College Football Playoff that was announced Sunday.

"I was kind of hoping we had those good wins".

For the third consecutive year, Clemson has made the College Football Playoff. The Sooners also have a Heisman hopeful in quarterback Baker Mayfield.

Oklahoma is in the playoff for the second time and will likely bring the Heisman Trophy victor. And, more importantly, we're missing out on what could be one of the best postseasons in sports if we ever got an eight-team playoff.

Clemson is back in the playoff for a third-straight season. Favoring a one-loss team without any substantial wins costs the fans more than it even costs the Buckeyes in the long term. Alabama's best win this year came over an LSU team that lost at home to Troy and a Florida State team that finished sixth in its own division.

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