After starting the SEC season with four straight losses, Missouri finished strong and is ranked for the first time since September 20, 2015.
Pac-12 - 3 (9, 12, 20). According to Westgate LV Superbook, the Bulldogs would be favored over both Oklahoma and Ohio State on a neutral field.
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"Every combination was vetted, looking at their full body of work, their resumes side-by-side", selection committee chairman Rob Mullens said. Alabama will enter the postseason trying to become the 12th preseason No. 1 to win the national championship and third team to be No. 1 the entire season, joining Florida State in 1999 and USC in 2004. And it would have further devalued the importance of conference titles, since it would have had to reject three major-conference champions in favor of the Bulldogs.
No. 5 Georgia was the first team left out of this year's playoff, while Ohio State came in at No. 6.
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. Clemson is making its fourth straight appearance.