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Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney raises the trophy after Clemson won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship NCAA college football game against Pittsburgh in Charlotte N.C. Saturday Dec. 1 2018

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney raises the trophy after Clemson won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship NCAA college football game against Pittsburgh in Charlotte N.C. Saturday Dec. 1 2018

The playoff committee, however, gave the nod to the Sooners, setting up a rematch of the 2014 Sugar Bowl, when Oklahoma upset Alabama 45-31 as 17-point underdogs. Is it Oklahoma or Ohio State (or Georgia, as some would like to assert)?

This is the second time that the Orange Bowl has been the site of a CFP semifinal. The Fighting Irish, who finished third in the final rankings released by the committee Sunday, will be joined in the final four by SEC champion Alabama, ACC champion Clemson and Big 12 champion Oklahoma.

Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame are unbeaten locks.

After examining the bodies of work for Oklahoma, Ohio State and Georgia, the committee decided that none of the three teams was "unequivocally better" than the other, selection committee chairman and University of OR athletic director Rob Mullens told ESPN.

After the game, head coach Nick Saban was asked for his opinion on Georgia making the playoff. They took on the top-ranked Crimson Tide, whose closest game all season was a 22-point victory over Texas A&M in September. Hurts did the rest, capping the game-winning drive with a 16-yard quarterback sneak.

The sports network said Georgia had the best strength of schedule of the three and Ohio State had the best strength of record, a statistic that measures how strong a team's record is given its schedule.

"They are one of the four best teams in the country". The Bulldogs lost a dramatic Southeastern Conference championship game to Alabama on Saturday while the Buckeyes won the Big Ten championship.

Georgia has two losses and no team has made the playoff yet with more than one. The Bulldogs beat Hawaii in a 41-10 no-contest.

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