Alabama, Michigan, Georgia and Cincinnati reach college football playoffs – .

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Alabama, Michigan, Georgia and Cincinnati reach college football playoffs – .


GRAPEVINE, Texas – Two SEC teams and the first Group-5 team in college football playoff history will play for the national title, as the CFP selection committee revealed Alabama’s No. 1, No. 2 from Michigan and number 3 from Georgia. and No.4 Cincinnati as its top four teams Sunday on Selection Day.
Alabama will face Cincinnati in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic and Michigan will face Georgia in the Capital One Orange Bowl on December 31. The winners will play Jan. 10 at the National Championship game in Indianapolis. The semi-final matches and the domestic title match will be broadcast on ESPN.

It was a relatively drama-free weekend, as the committee’s top four remained the same, just revamped, after the conference title matches on Saturday.

Alabama’s dominating performance in their 41-24 victory over Georgia in the SEC Championship game catapulted the Crimson Tide to the top spot.

“Not only did Alabama beat Georgia, but the way they beat them – they controlled the game, pretty much from start to finish,” CFP selection committee chairman Gary Barta said, on ESPN.

Michigan’s 42-3 dismantling of Iowa in the Big Ten Championship game solidified the Wolverines at No.2. Georgia fell to No.3 partly because of their unbalanced loss, but they also stayed behind Michigan because it didn’t have a conference title. , while the Wolverines defeated the Hawkeyes on the Big Ten’s biggest stage.

Barta said the committee did not consider avoiding a rematch between the Crimson Tide and the Bulldogs in the first round when dividing up the teams.

Undefeated Cincinnati, who won a 13-game school record, punctuated their resume with a convincing 35-20 victory over No.21 Houston in the American Athletic Conference Championship game. It was the Bearcats’ second straight US title, and it will mark their second consecutive New Years Six Bowl appearance as the top-ranked Group of 5 conference champion.

Cincinnati became the second team in American history to finish 13-0, joining UCF in 2017.

“All year round we have tried to avoid saying that we carry the flag [for the Group of 5] Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell said on ESPN. “I think you can get lost in a lot of the things that are going on. “

Notre Dame and Ohio State finished fifth and sixth in the CFP rankings.

Alabama became the favorites to win the national championship at +120 after beating Georgia on Saturday. The Crimson Tide were installed as 13.5 point favorites over Cincinnati on the Caesars Sportsbook.

Georgia opened as a 7-point favorite over Michigan. The Bulldogs, which were the national championship favorites by consensus since Week 6, are now at +135, followed by Michigan at +800 and Cincinnati at +1 400.

ESPN’s David Purdum and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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