Clemson's College Football Playoff Spot Leads ACC Bowl Lineup

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Clemson's College Football Playoff Spot Leads ACC Bowl Lineup

Kickoff for the CFP semifinal game at the Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual between the third-ranked Bulldogs (12-1) and the Big 12 champion Sooners (12-1) will be at 4 p.m. ET and be televised on ESPN.

Oklahoma will be in the College Football Playoff when the field is officially announced on Sunday, and there's a good chance none of the other three semifinalists will have a unit-wide weakness as publicly-acknowledged as the Sooners' defense.

Still at stake: $100,000 for reaching the national title game and another $400,000 for winning the national championship.

With a Big 12 championship freshly in hand, the 12-1 Oklahoma Sooners turn their attention to the College Football Playoff, where they are the No. 2 seed behind reigning national champion Clemson and will face No. Georgia in a national semifinal showdown in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.

Clemson is bidding for the program's third national football championship, and the third by an ACC team in the last five seasons.

In the final of the regular season, the Crimson Tide was No. 4 and the Buckeyes were No. 5.

This replaces the heavily criticized BCS postseason system, which ran from the 1998-2013 seasons and was often accused of unfairness relating to team selections. The committee identifies and compares the top teams, then votes them into the rankings.

"I've been able to keep up with them a little bit throughout the year, and Coach Smart's done obviously a tremendous job with that group in such a short amount of time", Sooners coach Lincoln Riley said. Brown and Erick Wrenn were first-team all-conference selections, and Ben Powers and Dru Samia made the second team.

Georgia will make just its second ever trip to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

This will be Georgia's 53rd bowl game appearance-fourth most of any team in the country. The poll was released about an hour before the College Football Playoff pairings were being revealed.

Oklahoma State will meet Virginia Tech for the third time at the Camping World Bowl at 4:15 on December 28 in Orlando, Fla.

Oklahoma played in the Rose Bowl once before - on January 1, 2003, beating Washington State 34-14.

July 14, 2014 - The CFP National Championship trophy is unveiled. Alabama beat only two teams in the committee's final top 25: LSU at 17 and Mississippi State at 23. The Cavaliers are 7-11 in 18 previous bowl games.

Alabama edged Ohio State to grab the fourth spot in the playoff. The winners of the CFP semifinal will meet for the national championship on January 8 in Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

January 1, 2015 - The University of OR defeats Florida State University 59-20 in the 101st Rose Bowl game in Pasadena, California. Ohio State won the Big Ten while Alabama did not even win its Southeastern Conference division.

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