No. 1 Alabama will play No. 4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl

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

Big 12 champs Oklahoma found their way into the Playoff instead, moving from fifth to fourth and setting up a date with Alabama in the Orange Bowl. Both semifinal games will be played on December 29 with the two winners advancing to the national championship game on January 7 in Santa Clara, Calif.

"We'll treat it just like a playoff game", junior safety J.R. Reed said after the Alabama loss.

The Huskies (10-3) are in the Rose Bowl for the first time in 18 years after overcoming a disappointing start to the season with four straight wins in November, including a Pac-12 title game victory over Utah on Friday. The Bulldogs hung with the undefeated Crimson Tide until the 4th quarter. The defense, led by Ross Browner and Bob Golic, forced six turnovers and held Heisman Trophy victor Earl Campbell in check, while the offense saw both Jerome Heavens and Vagas Ferguson reach 100 yards rushing. The bowl last served as a semifinal three years ago, when Alabama beat Michigan State 38-0. The Irish have played in the Cotton the most with seven appearances, where they are 5-2.

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The Fighting Irish have played at AT&T Stadium once, beating Arizona State 37-34 in October 2013. This will be the Orange's first bowl game in five years. The Bulldogs lost a dramatic Southeastern Conference championship game to Alabama on Saturday, and the Buckeyes won the Big Ten championship. The Tigers clinched the ACC championship for the fourth consecutive time on Saturday, becoming the first team in ACC history to win four consecutive outright titles.

Georgia last appeared in the Allstate Sugar Bowl in 2008, when it was in contention for a BCS National Championship as a two-loss team. "In the end, what we decided was amongst the group of three, Oklahoma, Georgia, Ohio State, the committee voted that no one was unequivocally better than the other so then we leaned on the protocol".

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