The Top 25 was released ahead of the final rankings from the College Football Playoff selection committee. It marked OU's fourth straight Big 12 title and 12th overall (all in the last 19 years). The Sooners join Alabama (13-0), Clemson (13-0), and Notre Dame (13-0) in the four-team bracket. "However, with a slew of potential awards and praise headed their way, it will be important that Alabama players remain focused on the task at hand".
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.
The Fighting Irish had their spot booked in the playoff a week before the other teams given they didn't play in a conference title game. The Irish are 5-2 in Cotton Bowl games.
Oklahoma beat Texas in the Big 12 championship game on Saturday.
Georgia will head into bowl season as the fifth-ranked team, and Ohio State will finish the regular season at No. 6. Notre Dame is the first independent team to make the playoff.
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The Bulldogs not only played Alabama tight, but with a 14-point lead in the third quarter, seemed to have finally vanquished the Tide, which had won the previous four games against its rivals to the east.
Oklahoma also fell to Florida in the 2008 BCS National Championship game in the same stadium. The Sooners and Buckeyes won their league championship games. Tagovailoa is expected to be ready for the Orange Bowl.
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The freshman Lawrence has shown why he was a five-star recruit. Book has made Notre Dame's offense well-rounded with his passing ability. Alabama's Nick Saban called Georgia "one of the best four teams in the country", and said he didn't want to play the Bulldogs again. Notre Dame's is pretty dang good too.