UCF not chosen for College Football Playoffs, 4th spot goes to Oklahoma

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The Bulldogs dropped from No. 4 to No. 5 after squandering a 14-point lead to top-ranked Alabama in the SEC Championship. Georgia fell to Alabama 35-28 in the SEC Championship and did not return to the College Football Playoff after being a No. 3 seed last season.

Oklahoma was fifth last week, between No. 4 Georgia and No. 6 Ohio State.

In the national semifinals, Clemson will play Notre Dame at the Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas, and Alabama will play Oklahoma at the Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Pac-12 - 3 (9, 12, 20). The Wolverines defeated No. 12 Penn State and No. 22 Northwestern.

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The Fighting Irish had their spot booked in the playoff a week before the other teams given they didn't play in a conference title game.

The Mind of Mike is a scary place, but we thought we'd enter it for thoughts on the conference championships as well as the four-team playoff. According to Westgate LV Superbook, the Bulldogs would be favored over both Oklahoma and Ohio State on a neutral field.

SEC champion Alabama (13-0, No. 1 CFP), the only team that has made the playoff every year, plays Oklahoma (12-1, No. 4 CFP) in the other semifinal game December 29 in the Orange Bowl. Thus, you have to wonder if the committee and the NCAA are interested in keeping that trend going or if they're planning on moving the game elsewhere this year. "Obviously UCF had played in Atlanta a year ago, so that kinda set them in the Fiesta Bowl".

It is the third year that the Big 12 has been included in the playoff. And Alabama, the dominant dynasty of its era, has never missed it.

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