College Football Playoff Matchups Announced
After all the debate, we know who is in. Alabama will play Washington in Atlanta in the first national semifinal, in what many predicted. Clemson will play Ohio State in Glendale, Arizona in the second semifinal on New Year’s Eve.
Update – Vegas Odds
College Football Playoffs
Ohio St -3
— Jeff Sherman (@golfodds) December 4, 2016
The debate was hot and heavy overnight, after Penn State defeated Wisconsin for the Big 10 Championship. The Nittany Lions won the Big 10 East, the same division that both Ohio State and Michigan were in. Meanwhile, the Wolverines can hold on to the fact they beat Penn State in a blowout earlier this year.
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ESPN milked the announcement and the spotlight as long as they could, with the selection show scheduled for FOUR HOURS, on a NFL Sunday. People took to Twitter to share their anger and disappointment on the network’s coverage:
ESPN has a FOUR HOUR #CFPlayoff selection show. 30 seconds. That's all they need. 30 seconds, 1 graphic. Done.
— BigHeadSports (@BigHeadSports) December 4, 2016
— Fake Kirk Ferentz (@Faux_Ferentz) December 4, 2016
20 minutes in and no rankings yet. Come March, the basketball reveal will have given us at least 36 of the 68 team field by now. #CFPlayoff
— David Westfall (@Dave_Westfall) December 4, 2016
Washington had the 127th ranked strength of schedule in the country, and was defeated soundly by USC. The Huskies rebounded and dominated Colorado Friday night on their closing arugment. Fans of Michigan pointed to the fact they lose two road games on the final play of the game of each.