What could have been for Clemson football became a reality early Sunday afternoon as the College Football Playoff pairings were announced.
Top-seeded Georgia will take on Ohio State in the Chick-Fil-a Peach Bowl in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and second-seeded Michigan will take on TCU in the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl in Phoenix, Arizona.
For the Tigers, their chances ended last Saturday afternoon in Death Valley at the hands of Spencer Rattler and the South Carolina Gamecocks in a game Clemson was highly favored in.
The 11-2 Tigers are projected to take on the 10-2 Tennessee Volunteers in the Orange Bowl on December 30th in what is considered a New Year’s 6 bowl game.
Georgia is the prohibitive favorite to win their second consecutive national championship as they demolished most every team in their path to a 13-0 record and SEC Championship.
Michigan has proven its mettle, crushing Ohio State on the road and defeating Purdue for the conference title.
TCU’s undefeated season ended Saturday in an overtime loss to Kansas State, but their resume speaks for itself and the Frogs deserve to be in, in my eyes.
Alabama came in fifth and Tennessee sixth in the final rankings.
Clemson football must swallow a bitter pill, knowing a win last week likely puts the Tigers in playoff
This is a tough pill to swallow for the Tigers and their fans as everything that needed to happen happened, except for beating South Carolina, with the game on their own field and a long home winning streak on their side.
While the Dogs are the favorite, here’s guessing that the Buckeyes will provide a test for the sports current dynasty.
TCU and Michigan will play the early game (4 p.m. EST), while Georgia and Michigan will play in the 8 p.m. time slot.
Alabama politicked for the fourth spot, but that went to Ohio State in a move that surprised some, but this is exactly how I saw it playing out with yesterday’s results, as I didn’t see the committee putting in a two loss, non-champion (Alabama) over a one loss (albeit a bad loss) Ohio State team.