No. 1 Alabama will meet No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 2 Clemson will face No. 3 Notre Dame in the College Football Playoff, announced Sunday.
Big 12 champion Oklahoma (12-1), edged out No. 5 Georgia (11-2) and No. 6 Ohio State (12-1) for the final spot in the playoff.
Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame all finished their regular seasons undefeated. Alabama (SEC) and Clemson (ACC) won their conference championships.
Alabama and Oklahoma will play in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29. Also that day, Clemson and Notre Dame will meet in the Cotton Bowl.
The national championship game is scheduled for Jan. 7 in Santa Clara, Calif.
In the final Top 25 standings of the season, Michigan, undefeated Central Florida, Washington and Florida rounded out the Top 10.
The SEC dominates the list with eight teams represented, followed by the Big Ten and the Big 12 with four each. The Pac-12 put three schools on the list, and the Mountain West and the ACC each had a pair of representatives. The American Athletic Conference had just one, and Notre Dame is an independent.
The most significant drop from last week was Georgia, a 35-28 loser to Alabama in the SEC title game on Saturday. The Bulldogs switched spots with Oklahoma, which avenged its loss to Texas earlier this season with a 39-27 win in the Big 12 championship, putting Georgia out of the championship round.
LSU fell out of the Top 10 in favor of Washington, which beat Utah for the Pac-12 championship.
Neither Georgia coach Kirby Smart nor Ohio State coach Urban Meyer took the CFP committee to task for its decision to include Oklahoma instead of their teams.
“I wasn’t surprised by it,” Smart said, per CBS Sports. “We did what we could, went out and played a great Alabama football team in what was a great football game, but we respect the decision of the committee and certainly respect the job they have to do in making that decision.”
Meyer, whose offensive coordinator is Manchester’s Ryan Day, said two-loss Georgia sitting a spot ahead of his team surprised him, but he wasn’t questioning the rankings.
“The last thing we’re going to do is stand up here and criticize the committee,” Meyer said, also according to CBS. “We’re not going to do that.”
The final standings:
1. Alabama (13-0)
2. Clemson (13-0)
3. Notre Dame (12-0)
4. Oklahoma (12-1)
5. Georgia (11-2)
6. Ohio State (12-1)
7. Michigan (10-2)
8. Central Florida (12-0)
9. Washington (10-3)
10. Florida (9-3)
11. LSU (9-3)
12. Penn State (9-3)
13. Washington State (10-2)
14. Kentucky (9-3)
15. Texas (9-4)
16. West Virginia (8-3)
17. Utah (9-4)
18. Mississippi State (8-4)
19. Texas A&M (8-4)
20. Syracuse (9-3)
21. Fresno State (11-2)
22. Northwestern (8-5)
23. Missouri (8-4)
24. Iowa State (8-4)
25. Boise State (10-3)