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Final college football playoff rankings released

The final college football playoff rankings that set the stage for the last four-team playoff came out Sunday. Fans wanted chaos, and that is exactly what they got.

The championship weekend started Friday with one of the biggest games of the week: Washington vs. Oregon. The Ducks were heavy favorites going into the game but Washington ended up winning 34-31, beating Oregon for the second time this season. 

On Saturday, the Big 12, SEC, Big 10 and ACC championships were all played. Texas beat Oklahoma State handily 49-21, punching their ticket into the CFP. Michigan handled business against Iowa, and Florida State did the same against Louisville.

But the big shocker of the weekend was Alabama beating Georgia, who were national championship favorites after winning two in a row last year and the year before.

The big debate was who would get the four seed behind Michigan, Washington and Texas. Either Florida State or Alabama would get the four spot, but Alabama’s big win over Georgia was good enough for the CFP committee to place them as the four seed. 

Either way this went, somebody wouldn’t be happy, and the big deciding factor for why an undefeated Florida State wouldn’t get in is because they lost their starting quarterback, Jordan Travis, to a season-ending knee injury.

So as the playoff stands right now, Michigan (1) will play Alabama (4) and Washington (2) will play Texas (3). The national championship is January 8.

Some other teams that couldn’t quite achieve a playoff berth were Georgia, Ohio State and Oregon, who all were just one game away from getting a CFP spot. All of these teams, though, will still play in a NY6 bowl game which is still a good accomplishment for a season.

This playoff is set to be one of the best, and that is very fitting considering that this is the last year the four-team structure is in place, before the 12-team playoff takes over next year.

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Grant Gooden plays football, golf and intramural basketball for NC. He has been in media for two years now.

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