College football is a sport in which the unexpected routinely happens. That was not the case on Saturday as the favorites won out, leaving little doubt as to who will be playing in this year's College Football Playoff. The only question left is just where each team will finish in the rankings.
Here's a look at the four projected playoff teams:
1. Clemson (13-0), ACC Champions
The first playoff rankings of the season came out in Week 10 and the Tigers have been No. 1 each and every week. After a 45-37 win over North Carolina in the ACC Championship game to cap off an undefeated season, there's no reason to think Clemson will be moving anywhere now.
2. Alabama (12-1), SEC Champions
It was perhaps closer than some expected, but Alabama was able to power through Florida on their way to an SEC Championship. The one loss will likely keep them out of the top spot in the rankings, but there's no question they will be playoff bound.
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3. Oklahoma (11-1), Big 12 Champions
The Sooners got to relax during Championship Week as they wrapped up their season the week before. Still, no one in Norman should be watching anxiously from home wondering if the committee will once again snub the Big 12. Oklahoma punched their tickets to the playoff with their win over Oklahoma State.
4. Michigan State (12-1), Big Ten Champions
Michigan State narrowly defeated Iowa in a thrilling finish on Saturday night to win the conference. The Big Ten Championship game between the Spartans and undefeated Iowa was viewed as a play-in game heading into Saturday.
The selection committee shocked the nation by jumping Ohio State over TCU and Baylor in the final rankings last year, showing you never know exactly what they are going to do. This year, however, it's hard to imagine there will be any surprises.
All four teams listed above are conference champions from Power Five conferences. One team is undefeated and the other three have only one loss. The one remaining conference champion is Stanford which has two losses.
According to the committee's guidelines, a non-conference champion will only be considered for the playoff if it is "unequivocally one of the four best teams in the country." That's not an argument you can make for Ohio State or Iowa, teams that both lost to Michigan State which will likely be ranked the lowest among the four playoff teams.
This leaves ups with projected matchups of Clemson vs. Michigan State and Alabama vs. Oklahoma. There may not be much drama in Sunday's selections, but those playoff matchups will offer plenty of it came New Year's Eve.
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