By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The 2017 College Football Playoffs are set. The No. 1 Clemson Tigers are the top seed in this year’s event.
The 12-1 Tigers will face the No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1). It’s going to be the third straight year that these two teams have faced each other in the College Football Playoffs.
The No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners (12-1) will face the SEC Conference Champions, No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs (12-1). This is the first-time that SEC has featured two teams within the College Football Playoffs.
There was debate with the Crimson Tide and the Ohio State Buckeyes (11-2), who won the Big Ten Conference Championship on Saturday night over the Wisconsin Badgers. The Selection Committee ultimately put the Crimson Tide in with the loss over No. 7 Auburn Tigers in its final rankings then a loss to No. 2 Oklahoma and a 31-point blowout loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Clemson and Alabama will face in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans at 8:45 pm. The Rose Bowl featuring Oklahoma and Georgia will be at 5 pm.
The winner of both of these two CFP semifinals will play on Monday, January 8th at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
No. 1 Clemson vs. No. 4 Alabama
The history continues between these two teams. Each team has split its previous two CFP National Championship games.
In the 2015-16 season, the No. 2 Crimson Tide defeated the No. 1 Tigers 45-40 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. However, last season, the then-No. 2 Clemson defeated the then-No. 1 Alabama 35-31 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
It was the first-time in 35-years that the Tigers had won the National Championship. In addition, the former walk-on Dabo Swinney defeated his alma mater.
Prior to these National Championship battles, and its upcoming semifinal appearance, Alabama defeated Clemson 34-10 on August 30th, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia. Alabama holds a 13-3 advantage over Clemson all-time.
This is Clemson’s second appearance in the Sugar Bowl. They lost 7-0 to the LSU Tigers in the 1959 Sugar Bowl.
This is Alabama’s 15th all-time appearance in the Sugar Bowl. They are 8-7 all-time, but have lost their past three Sugar Bowl games. Their last win was a 34-13 win over the Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes to win the 1992-93 National Championship.
No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Georgia
Unlike the rivalry between the Crimson Tide and the Tigers, there are no previous meetings between the Sooners and the Bulldogs. While this will be their first-ever meeting, both teams are steeped in history, as Oklahoma has the 5th all-time record (884-322-53) with a .723 win percentage. Georgia is 13th all-time with an 807-419-54 with a .652 win percentage.
This will be the Sooners 50th Bowl game. Georgia will be playing in its 52nd Bowl game.
This is the Bulldogs second appearance in the Rose Bowl. They defeated the UCLA Bruins 9-0 on January 1st, 1943 in their second-ever Bowl game with Wally Butts as head coach.
This is also the Sooners second appearance in the Rose Bowl. They defeated the Washington State Cougars, 34-14, on January 4th, 2003.
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