GRAPEVINE – The SEC with two teams, the Big ten with one and the AAC with another representative they will face in the College Football Playoff in search of the national championship, after the selection committee of the CFP revealed to No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide, No. Michigan Wolverines, N ° 3 Georgia Bulldogs and N ° 4 Cincinnati Bearcats as their top four teams this Sunday on Selection Day.
No. 1 Alabama will face No. 4 Cincinnati at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic and No. 2 Michigan will meet No. 3 Georgia at the Capital One Orange Bowl on December 31. The winners will clash on January 10 at the National Championship Game in Indianapolis.
It was a relatively drama-free weekend as all four committee seeds stayed in, only making adjustments after Saturday’s conference title games.
The dominating performance of Alabama in his 41-24 victory over Georgia in the Championship Game of the SEC catapulted the Tide into first position. Michigan’s 42-3 beating of Iowa in the title game of the Big ten solidified the Wolverines at No. 2. Georgia fell to No. 3 in part because of their bulky loss, but they also held back Michigan because they didn’t have a conference title, while the Wolverines defeated the Hawkeyes to claim the scepter of the Big ten.
Undefeated Cincinnati, who set a program record with 13 wins, rounded out his resume with a convincing 35-20 victory over No. 21 Houston in the American Athletic Conference championship game. It was the second consecutive title of the AAC for the Bearcats and it will mark his second consecutive appearance in the New Year’s bowls.
Cincinnati became the second team in the history of the AAC to finish 13-0, joining UCF in 2017.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Ohio State Buckeyes finished in fifth and sixth place in the standings of the CFP.
Alabama became the favorite to win the national championship with +120 after his victory over Georgia Saturday. The Crimson tide was installed as a favorite by 13.5 points over Cincinnati in the Caesars Sportsbook.
Georgia He opened as a 7-point favorite over Michigan. The Bulldogs, who had been consensus favorites for the national championship since Week 6, are now at +135, followed by Michigan at +800 and Cincinnati at +1,400.
Information from Heather Dinich and David Purdum was used in the writing of this note.