The College Football Playoff committee has released its final rankings after championship weekend as we enter the 2015-16 postseason, and the top four teams come to no surprise.
On Sunday afternoon, the committee unveiled that Clemson (13-0, 8-0 ACC), Alabama (12-1, 7-1 SEC), Michigan State (12-1, 7-1 Big Ten), and Oklahoma (11-1, 8-1 Big 12) will represent and participate in the second annual College Football Playoff later this month.
Clemson earned the No. 1 seed after finishing with 13 wins for the first time in school history, knocking off North Carolina, 45-37, in the ACC Championship Game.
Alabama has won 10 games in a row after falling to Ole Miss in September, outscoring opponents 334-117 in the process. That includes a 29-15 victory over Florida in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday, which ultimately allowed the Crimson Tide to be handed the No. 2 seed in the playoffs.
Michigan State, the No. 3 seed, went to war with Iowa in the Big Ten title game last night, needing a game-winning touchdown with less than :30 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to seal a 16-13 win and its playoff fate. The Spartans have beaten three Top 10 opponents in 2015, and are battle ready.
Oklahoma didn’t need a Big 12 Championship Game to secure a spot in the CFB Playoff, as its regular season resume that features five wins against Top 25 competition was enough for the committee to include them as the final team in.
No. 1 Clemson will face No. 4 Oklahoma on December 31 at either 4 or 8 p.m. ET in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl, and No. 2 Alabama plays No. 3 Michigan State in the Capital One Orange Bowl in the other time slot.
The College Football Playoff National Championship is set for January 11 at 7 p.m. ET in Glendale, Arizona.