Undefeated at 13-0, Clemson claimed the No. 1 spot in the College Football Playoff and celebrated their tremendous season with 20,000 fans on Sunday afternoon with a pizza party at Tiger Stadium, as promised by coach Dabo Swinney.
Alabama (12-1) used a dominant 29-15 win in the SEC Championship Game over Florida to clinch the No. 2 spot in the CFP Rankings, while Michigan State (12-1) jumped up to No. 3 after taking down previously undefeated Iowa with a 22-play, 9-minute game-winning drive in the Big Ten Championship Game.
Oklahoma (11-1), which was watching from Norman as the Big 12 champion (the conference does not hold a title game), moved down one spot to No. 4, with the Spartans jumping ahead of them due to their extra game and impressive strength of schedule.
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Following the announcement of the four College Football Playoff teams on Sunday, the CFP Selection Committee released its final top 25 rankings of the season, along with its selections for the New Year's Six bowl games.
Leading the way on Jan. 1 -- the day after the CFP semifinals -- are two tremendous top-10 contests: No. 5 Iowa and No. 6 Stanford in the Rose Bowl, No. 7 Ohio State and No. 8 Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl.
In the Peach Bowl, No. 9 Florida State faces AAC champion Houston, which at No. 18 in the rankings was the highest-rated champion of one of the Group of Five conferences. No. 5 Iowa will face No. 6 Stanford in the Rose Bowl, while No. 12 Ole Miss will take on No. 16 Oklahoma State in the Sugar Bowl.