While the loss to Iowa State was a shocker at the time, the Cyclones finished the regular season with a respectable 7-5 record. Ohio State was at No. 8. Alabama was a slight favorite over Clemson and Oklahoma, with Georgia trailing behind those three teams. Don't put too terribly much in the seeding of the teams - it's important for jersey colors and who calls the coin toss - because this should be about as evenly-matched of a semifinal as you'll find.
Alabama's inclusion also means the playoff has not included a two-loss team in each of its first four seasons.
Ohio State was voted No. 5 and Wisconsin No. 6.
During Saban's segment, he talked about Penn State being left out previous year after winning the conference, but OSU getting in.More news: England face Belgium in Russian Federation 2018
Since that game ended, there was a lot of debate between the two teams. The Tigers entered the week at No. 2. The Tigers were the hottest team in the country in November, taking down two No. 1 teams at home, so a 26-14 loss to Auburn certainly isn't the worst loss among the teams in the playoff field.
"I'd say, if we lost to a team in our conference that was not ranked by 30 points, that we wouldn't be having this conversation", Saban said told Van Pelt. It's Oklahoma's second playoff appearance. UCF did not lose a game all season and has no chance at a national title.
For the third consecutive year, Clemson has made the College Football Playoff. And, more importantly, we're missing out on what could be one of the best postseasons in sports if we ever got an eight-team playoff.
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