No. 2 Oklahoma To Face No. 3 Georgia In CFB Playoff Semifinal

Washington State checks in at No. 18 in final College Football Playoff rankings

Washington State checks in at No. 18 in final College Football Playoff rankings

That's not Alabama's fault, but playing Football Championship Subdivision team Mercer that had a losing record and didn't make the FCS playoffs, is.

"I love the playoff format, but I don't believe you can determine the best team in college football by selecting only four teams and letting them play for the title", Colegrove said.

The top two national seeds James Madison and North Dakota State looked every bit the part.

After top-ranked Clemson University and second-ranked University of Oklahoma cruised to victories in their games to win the ACC and Big 12 Championships, respectively, the fourth playoff spot was left unclear.

In 2014, the undefeated Baylor Bears were left out of the four-team playoff in favor of a one-loss Ohio State team because the Buckeyes won the B1G Ten, while Baylor captured a share of the Big 12 title. Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is expected to be the 2017 Heisman Trophy victor when he takes the field in Pasadena, California.

Despite theoretically having its resume hurt with Auburn getting thumped by Georgia, making Alabama's lone loss to a three-loss team, and Fresno State losing to Boise State to drop the Bulldogs out of the Top 25, the Tide still managed to secure the No. 4 spot in the College Football Playoff since Wisconsin lost to Ohio State.

Some fans on campus are hoping that the playoff is expanded to eight teams in the future, but the consensus around campus this season is that no team can stop Clemson, even if it was more than a four-team playoff system.

Of course, Alabama got in the playoff and the other three had to transition to preparing for meaningless bowl games. All of this while the Sooners led FBS with 583.3 yards of total offense per game, including 367.4 passing yards (3rd-most) and 44.9 points per game (4th-most). The Tigers rank eighth, allowing 3,613. Defensive tackle Amani Bledsoe also came on as a disruptor late in the season. Expect the offensive line of the Tide, which has given up 22 sacks, to face a tough task. The Tigers have made it back to the CFP with a dominant defense and the emergence of junior quarterback Kelly Bryant. "There are so many transplants in LA, and I would argue there are more Georgia and Oklahoma people in this town than OR people who would come to the game".

The Rose Bowl, known as "The Granddaddy of Them All", is the oldest bowl game. However, there is a more intriguing option, which could make the playoffs more competitive and appealing to viewers.

Mayfield has torched opposing defenses with eye-popping numbers, throwing for 4,340 yards, 41 touchdowns, and just five interceptions. Georgia native Jake Fromm has completed 145-of-230 passing attempts for 2,173 yards and 21 touchdowns, tossing only five interceptions on the year. Nick Chubb and Sony Michel have combined for more than 2,100 yards on the ground and 13 touchdowns apiece.

Gruenthaner thought Ohio State should have been the team to get the final nod into the playoffs. On the other side, the Sooners' success this season has primarily been based off putting up enough points to where the defense isn't a major factor. Georgia also gave up just over 270 yards of total offense per game, the 4th-lowest mark in the country in addition to just over 158 yards passing per game this season.

This game will primarily be decided by how well the Oklahoma defense can perform against the bruising Georgia offense. In order for the freshman quarterback to pass the ball, the running game must be locked and loaded from the very start of the game.

No matter what occurs, take some time to relax after finals and enjoy one of the best times of the year to be a college football fan.