How much value does a conference championship have? How about a head-to-head victory?
As for the semifinal matchups themselves: Clemson-Ohio State should be fantastic. "We just need to know what the rules are".
So the playoff is set, and the playoff will bring together the four teams that should be there.
Peach Bowl: 1. Alabama vs. 4.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes lost to Penn State on October 22, but got into the playoff after beating then-No.
"They made some plays down the field and we didn't make enough to make McSorley feel uncomfortable", Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said.
Franklin then gestured to the Big Ten championship, which was sitting near him on the podium.
Penn State's Mike Gesicki (88) celebrates with DeAndre Thompkins (3) after Gesicki made a 33-yard touchdown reception during the first half of the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game. Penn State did, however, and the only team to beat Ohio State this season padded its resume with a comeback win over Wisconsin. Are they only used as tiebreakers, or is it other metrics?
When all was decided, the College Football Playoff selection committee just couldn't say no to Ohio State.
Ohio State and Clemson's only other meeting came in the 1978 Gator Bowl. The Huskies rolled to a 41-10 win over Colorado in the Pac-12 title game Friday night in Santa Clara, Calif., to cement their playoff bid. And if it does, which one?
But it did seem like Ohio State had its spot locked up going into the weekend.
But the Wolverines were home, too. Penn State was ranked fifth by the committee and MI was ranked sixth. The teams had been ranked in reverse order in the previous poll, but the Tigers won the ACC Championship Saturday evening with a 42-35 win over Virginia Tech, while the 11-1 Buckeyes were idle. They want him to be considered for the Heisman Trophy.
The Buckeyes, 11-1 this season, just became the first team selected for the playoff without winning its conference championship. He is also in the top 10 in the nation in completion percentage (9) and completions per game (7).
The 2016 Fiesta Bowl is one of the high-water marks in the bowl's almost 50-year history, as it will play host to one of the College Football Playoff's two semifinals for the first time on New Year's Eve. "You look at turnover margin, Washington ranks first in the country in turnover margin compared to Penn State, ranking 50". It's notable to remember that the Nittany Lions were 2-2 and down three points against Minnesota in the final minute.
What the Big 12 needs most of all is a healthy and humming Texas program and for coach Tom Herman to be as good as advertised.
As for Oklahoma, which ran the table in the Big 12 to win its 10th title under coach Bob Stoops, it is off to the Sugar Bowl. This game has been a premier bowl game for eight decades, and a year ago, it hosted a College Football Playoff semifinal.
- Florida State (9-3) will play MI (10-2) in the Orange Bowl on December 30. As the No. 1 team, Alabama was never going to be headed to the desert (the top team gets regional deference).
Virginia Tech cannot afford to drop this game, while the playoffs are an impossibility for them, an appearance in the Orange Bowl isn't.