CFP National Championship – Clemson v Alabama (Jan 7)

CFP National Championship Clemson Clemson has been one of the great teams under Dabo Swinney in the CFP playoff. They’ve made it to the vast majority of them, but have come up short much more than they would like. This is Clemson’s fourth appearance in the CFP Playoffs and their third visit to the Championship … Read moreCFP National Championship – Clemson v Alabama (Jan 7)

Orange Bowl – #1 Alabama Crimson Tide v #4 Oklahoma Sooners (Dec 29)

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl

This game is one of two College Football Playoff national semifinals. The other is the Cotton Bowl Classic between #2 Clemson and #3 Notre Dame.

#1 Alabama Crimson Tide

The Crimson Tide are the defending national champion, having defeated Georgia in last season’s CFP National Championship as the #4 team. This season, Alabama has been at the top of the polls all season, and is coming off of a victory over Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.

The Tide have rolled (pun intended) through the 2018 college football season. In 12 games against FBS opponents – they played FCS school The Citadel this season – they won by an average of 33.1 points per game. In SEC play, the margin went down a bit… to 29.8.

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2018 SEC Championship – Alabama v. Georgia

Battle for the SEC Championship

#1 Alabama started the season as the pre-season number one after winning the College Football Playoff last season, and they’ve held onto that ranking the entire season.

#4 Georgia entered the season ranked third (AP) and fourth (coaches’) and hasn’t been ranked lower than 8th on the season. Georgia is the defending SEC Champion, having defeated Auburn at the end of last season.

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College Football Playoff Primer

With the release of the penultimate College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings on Tuesday, we are starting to see how the “New Year’s Six” (NY6) bowls – as well as the National Semifinal – could shake out.

But with conference championships to be played this weekend, there should be some drama yet to play out. As such, we wanted to take a look at the current Top 12 to see how results this weekend could impact their place when the final rankings are announced next week.

It Pays to be the Champion…

As a reminder, the champions of the “Power 5” conferences[1] automatically qualify for a NY6 bowl game. A spot in the NY6 is also guaranteed to the highest-ranked champion from the “Group of Five” conferences[2] (American, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West, and Sun Belt).

The top four teams in the final CFP rankings are slotted into the national semifinal bowls – this year, they are the Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl – in 1 v 4 and 2 v 3 matchups.

The remaining six spots in the NY6 bowls are chosen from the final season rankings, and have typically included only teams in the top 12 (hence the focus of this article).

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NCAA – Power Five Conference Championships (UPDATED)

With the final “regular” season weekend upon us in college football, there are still some teams that are fighting for a berth in their conference championship games.

In the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the College Football Playoff (CFB) determines the champion after a four-team playoff, whose placement is determined by the CFB rankings. Teams are fighting through the regular season to compete for a berth in the “New Year’s Six” (NY6) bowl games – the Rose Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl, and Peach Bowl – two of which host the national semifinals on a rotating basis (this season’s semifinals are the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl, for example).

At least it’s better than the BCS

The NY6 bowls use the bowl rankings to place the clubs in the semifinal, and the bowls that aren’t hosting the semifinals get their choice from the teams in the rankings. They typically chose from the Top 12 in the rankings, though they have been required to choose from outside the top 12 if a surprising team wins a conference championship.

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