Published: Mon, December 03, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

No. 1 Alabama will play No. 4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl

No. 1 Alabama will play No. 4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl

Is it Oklahoma or Ohio State (or Georgia, as some would like to assert)?

Quite ironically, against the team it beat in the semifinals last season after the Sooners avenged its lone loss in the Big 12 Championship on Saturday.

Upon reviewing other records and statistics, including strength of schedule, "the one-loss conference champion carried the day", he said.

Despite having not lost a game since the 2016 season, UCF find themselves preparing for a bowl game instead of a playoff game once again.

Both bowls are scheduled for December 29, and the winners will play in the January 8 championship in Santa Clara, California. The Sooners (12-1) defeated Texas to win the Big 12 title on Saturday.

SEC champion Alabama, ACC champion Clemson, Notre Dame and Oklahoma were picked Sunday as the four teams that made the cut. But that put all eyes on the SEC Championship between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Georgia.

But Georgia tested Alabama on Saturday, leading by two touchdowns late in the third quarter before the Crimson Tide scored three consecutive touchdowns to win the title, with the help of backup quarterback Jalen Hurts.

- UGA's loss to Alabama in the Southeastern Conference championship has cost the Dawgs dearly.

Making matters more hard for Georgia, the Sooners and Ohio State - both of whom have one loss - won their conference championships by double digits.

Its season-high ranking in the College Football Playoff's top 25 was No. 12, which it earned in each of the past three weeks, while its season low was No. 20.

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