The final College Football Playoff rankings were revealed on Sunday, December 3, following a weekend of conference championship games.
We knew heading into Sunday that, as a result of Friday and Saturday’s contests, there would be some controversy no matter which four teams the committee decided to roll with.
That statement certainly rang true when the rankings were announced, and we’ll discuss exactly what went down below. First though, we’ve laid out the full CFP rankings for the final time this season.
Georgia entered the conference championship weekend as the no. 1 team in the country, but proceeded to fall to Alabama in the SEC Championship.
Florida State was in the fourth and final spot leading up to the ACC Championship and they took care of business against a top 15 Louisville squad.
This meant that either an undefeated Power 5 Conference champion in Florida State would get left out, or a 1-loss Alabama team that just won the SEC.
Normally, this decision would be fairly simple: the undefeated team is in. However, with FSU QB Jordan Travis suffering a season-ending leg injury a few weeks ago, the committee felt that they weren’t the same team as they once were and therefore,not one of the four best teams in the country.
The Seminoles got bumped out of the CFP for the Crimson Tide and there’s already been quite a great deal made about the whole ordeal. Is it the four best teams, or the four most deserving?
If FSU truly isn’t one of the four best, why were they in there to begin with? College football fans will be debating this decision for the foreseeable future, but for now, the College Football Playoff is set.
Though almost all of the attention from here on in is focused on the playoff teams, the other bowl games always provide some excitement as well.
We’ll start with the remaining New Year’s Six matchups, where Ohio State first meets up with Missouri in the Cotton Bowl. Then, Ole Miss and Penn State get together in the Peach Bowl, while the Orange Bowl consists of Florida State taking on Georgia.
Finally, we have Liberty and Oregon duking it out in the Fiesta Bowl. Elsewhere, we’re in for a treat with the Sun Bowl between Oregon State and Notre Dame, and likewise for LSU vs. Wisconsin in the ReliaQuest Bowl.
The final two matchups we’ve got our eyes set on see Tennessee taking on Iowa in the Citrus Bowl and Arizona battling Oklahoma in the Alamo Bowl.
Of course, all eyes will be on the all-important College Football Playoff semifinal matchups on January 1.
Michigan earned the No.1 seed this season and will be taking on Alabama in the Rose Bowl at 5:00 PM ET.
In the nightcap, we’ll see the No.2 and No.3 seeds fight for their chance at a National Championship, with Washington and Texas facing off in the Sugar Bowl.
The winners of these two matchups will then meet for all the marbles in the CFP National Championship Game.
This takes place a week after the semifinal contests on Monday, January 8 at 7:30 PM ET.
While we don’t know for sure who will win, we at least now know that there are only four possibilities: the Wolverines, Huskies, Longhorns or Crimson Tide.