After a resounding victory in the 2021 SEC Championship Game on Saturday night, the defending National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide once again jumped to the top of the pack by becoming No. 1 seed in the college football playoff as determined Sunday by the cfp selection committee. The Crimson Tide (12-1) leads the field of four teams that will fight for this year’s national championship.
michigan (12-1), who completed his best season in years by winning the 2021 big ten championship game on Saturday night, held on to no. 2 place in the cfp ranking. After remaining as the top-ranked team for most of the season, Georgia (12-1) moved into the No. 3 after their second loss in the title game to Alabama.
However, the team that makes the biggest headlines is no. 4 from Cincinnati, who not only become the first five-man team in history to compete in the playoffs, but also the first to get a chance to play for an FBS national championship, period. The Bearcats (13-0), with two wins over Power Five opponents this season (including No. 5 Notre Dame), are the only undefeated team left standing in the FBS entering the postseason.
The Fighting Irish (11-1), which as an independent program did not play in a conference title game, fell just outside the four-team playoff field, while Ohio State (10-2) finished no. 6 in the cfp ranking despite not playing for the big ten title.
not. 1 alabama will face no. 4 Cincinnati in the Cotton Bowl Semifinal, which will take place in Arlington, Texas, on December 1. 31 at 3:30 p.m. No. 2 michigan and no. 3 georgia will also meet that day at the orange bowl, which will take place in the gardens of miami, florida, at approximately 7:30 p.m. the 2022 cfp national championship is scheduled for monday january 1st. 10 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
indianapolis national championship
cotton bowl arlington, texas.
(1) Alabama vs. (4) Cincinnati
orange bowl miami gardens, fla.
(2) Michigan vs. (3) Georgia
alabama is back in the playoffs for the seventh time in the event’s eight years of existence, and enters this season’s edition as the defending champion. Georgia is making its second appearance in the playoffs with its first arrival at the end of the 2017 season.
michigan and cincinnati will each make their first trip to the playoffs, becoming the 12th and 13th teams to earn cfp spots. The Wolverines are playing for a national title for the first time since winning the 1998 Rose Bowl and capturing the 1997 championship.
alabama is the only team in the field to have won a cfp national championship or played more than two games in the event. the tide is 8-3 in the cfp with three national title wins while the dawgs are 1-1 in the event, ultimately losing the national title to the tide 26-23 in overtime in their only appearance.
alabama hasn’t faced cincinnati on the grid since 1990; The Tide is 5-0 all-time against the Bearcats since 1908. Michigan and Georgia last met in 1965, a game the Dawgs won, and are 1-1 toe to toe with the Wolverines winning their matchup. previous in 1957 .
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