Ohio State edged out of College Football Playoff

Ohio State edged out of College Football Playoff

Ohio State edged out of College Football Playoff

The Fighting Irish, who finished third in the final rankings released by the committee Sunday, will be joined in the final four by SEC champion Alabama, ACC champion Clemson and Big 12 champion Oklahoma.

The No. 3 Fighting Irish (12-0) will take on No. 2 Clemson (13-0) in the Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on December 29th.

Shortly after topping Memphis, both Knights coach Josh Heupel and athletic director Danny White lobbied for UCF - on a 25-game win streak - to get a playoff spot, but all for naught. The semifinal games will be played on December 29, ahead of the College Football Playoff National Championship on January 7.

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Georgia received the No. 5 ranking, despite taking Alabama to the edge in the SEC Championship game on Saturday. "In the end, what we decided was amongst the group of three, Oklahoma, Georgia, Ohio State, the committee voted that no one was unequivocally better than the other so then we leaned on the protocol".

The Sooners beat Texas for the Big 12 title, avenging their only loss behind Heisman Trophy contender Kyler Murray. The Crimson Tide is the second team to have two seasons (2016, '18) of 15 straights weeks at No. 1, starting from the preseason. In fact, the team is ending the season ranked 6th.

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