Georgia Opens As A Big Favorite Over Texas In The Sugar Bowl

Ohio State basketball coach delivers delightfully weird speech about Buckeyes football playoff ranking

The Longhorns undoubtedly took a step in the right direction this season under Tom Herman, and while they didn't capture the coveted conference crown, they'll get their opportunity in the New Year's Six for the first time. The same thing happened this year. But outside of the College Football Playoff, bowl pairings hinge on much more than merit, with politicking and horse-trading the norm.

It's deja vu all over again for White and the Knights. Their secondary is one of the deepest and most talented groups in the nation, led by All-American candidate Julian Love and safety Alohi Gilman.

Although Notre Dame is no newcomer to national television with its NBC coverage and bowl game history, for numerous players, this game is the fulfillment of all their dreams. There were no conference champions with fewer than two losses (barring UCF), so the committee was justified in putting in Alabama. The four teams that will be in the College Football Playoff have been revealed.

-Alabama (13-0) will face Oklahoma (12-1) in the Orange Bowl Saturday, December 29th. Throughout their history, the Tide have appeared in 68 bowl games, including seven national championship games.

MI finished seventh in the College Football Playoff rankings and qualified for a New Year's Six bowl game.

The Fighting Irish have played at AT&T Stadium once, beating Arizona State 37-34 in October 2013.

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Georgia's defense rendered Tua mostly ineffective, knocking him out of the game in the fourth quarter with a high-ankle sprain, after Tua injured his other ankle in the first quarter. The Irish won the first meeting in 1977, while the Tigers won in 1979 and 2015. Hurts ran the ball in from 15 yards out for the game-winning touchdown with 1:11 left in the contest, after the Crimson Tide erased a two-touchdown deficit in the second half.

UAB defeated Middle Tennessee 27-25 on Saturday in the C-USA title game.

No. 2 Clemson will take on No. 3 Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl as part of the College Football Playoff Semifinals.

"The CFP committee does its best and I appreciate their commitment to college football", Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany told the AP in a text message.

Clemson made Trevor Lawrence the full-time starter over Kelly Bryant, while Ian Book replaced Brandon Wimbush for Notre Dame. The Irish last played for the championship at the end of the 2012 season, when they lost to Alabama 42-14 in the BCS national championship game on January 7, 2013.

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