Tide sneaks back into Playoff

Alabama has two signature wins, one against the talented No. 17 LSU Tigers. (Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia).

Brenden Curry
Sports Editor

The final rankings of the College Football Playoff rankings were released this past Sunday afternoon, on December 3. The Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl will serve as the playoff semifinals that will occur on New Year’s Day 2018.

Clemson retains its number 1 spot. Oklahoma put the “boom” in Boomer Sooner at Jerry World in Arlington, Texas to get to number 2.

Georgia jumps back into the playoff after crushing Auburn. Despite not playing in its conference championship, the Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1) landed at the fourth and final spot.

Here’s a recap of what the Top four teams did this week.

1. Clemson Tigers (12-1) – It was winner take all in the Atlantic Coast Conference as the Tigers defeated the seventh ranked Miami Hur-ricanes 38-3. Tiger quarterback Kelly Bryant went for 23-29 for 252 passing yards. Bryant’s 23 pass completions were a career-high as he threw to 10 different receivers. Clemson will be making its first Sugar Bowl appearance since 1958.  The Tigers will face Alabama in the postseason for the third year in a row.

2. Oklahoma Sooners (12-1) – Oklahoma defeated the Horned Frogs of Texas Christian University (TCU) 41-17. The Sooner clinched their third straight Big 12 championship. Heisman favorite Baker Mayfield threw four touchdowns while finishing 15-of-23 passing for 243 yards. Oklahoma is the only Big 12 team to are the only Big 12 team to make the four-team playoff format, which began in the 2014 season.

3. Georgia Bulldogs (12-1) – The Dawgs beat the red-hot Auburn Tigers 28-7 in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game. Georgia won the SEC for the first time since 2005. Freshman quarterback Jake Fromm went 16-for-21 for 183 passing yards for Georgia. Freshman running back D’Andre Swift, a Philadelphia native, ran a 64-yard touchdown to make the game out of reach for an Auburn comeback. The Dawgs will face Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl, making their first trip to the Pasadena since 1943.

4. Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1) – The Crimson Tide are coming off a Week 12 loss to in-state rival Auburn 26-14 in the Iron Bowl. The Sugar Bowl will take place at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Alabama-Clemson postseason pairing is the first match-up to occur thrice since USC-Ohio State from 1972 to 1974.

The winners of the Rose and Sugar Bowls will play in the National Championship Game on Monday, January 8, 2018.