The teams who will be vying for the 2021 College Football National Championship was revealed on Sunday afternoon.
It seemed pretty clear who the teams would be Saturday night, as three of the top four teams won, but Georgia being handed its first loss, seemed to not impact things too heavily.
No. 1 Alabama won the SEC Championship on Saturday and will be facing No. 4 Cincinnati in the Cotton Bowl.
The Bearcats beat Houston 35-20, winning the American Conference Championship and finishing the regular season undefeated. Cincinnati is the first ever Group of Five team to ever make the playoff.
Alabama won the SEC Championship, with quarterback Bryce Young throwing for 421 yards and three touchdowns, as Alabama beatdown on Georgia 41-24. This will be Alabama’s 7th appearance in the CFP, and is the fifth time they are the number one seed.
No. 2 Michigan who won the Big 10 Championship will be playing No. 3 Georgia, who just lost to Alabama in the Orange Bowl.
Say what you want, but Jim Harbaugh has led Michigan to a place not many people expected. After finishing last season 2-4, it seemed like things were going in the wrong direction for Michigan. This year, a switch was flipped and the one loss Wolverines are in for the first time. Michigan dominated Iowa 42-3 in the Big Ten Championship and now will be facing Georgia.
Until yesterday, Georgia was the most feared team in the land. Georgia finished the regular season undefeated, with their only loss coming in the SEC Championship to Alabama. Georgia will be making their second ever appearance, and their second appearance as the No. 3 seed.
There will be no Big 12 or Pac-12 members in the College Football Playoff for the second straight year. Oklahoma State would have made things interesting with a win against Baylor in the Big 12 Championship on Saturday, but failed to win, coming up inches short of a touchdown on the last play.
Oregon seemed destined to make it back to the playoff, but lost to Stanford in overtime, then to Utah twice and their hopes and their conference’s hopes were gone a while ago.
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