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Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, when asked what should differentiate teams when deliberating on the playoff: "By far and away strength of schedule." The Sooners had one of the toughest nonconference schedules in the country, with Houston and No. 3 Ohio State.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said the Sooners "believe" in their method of scheduling but that "it only works when you win." Stoops said he also won't second guess the decision of the playoff committee to pick Washington, which played a poor non-conference slate in direct contrast to OU. "Washington has looked good," Stoops said on ESPN.

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops on ESPN: "It's hard to be bellyaching when you're 5, 6, or 7. The bottom line is, you've got to do what's necessary to be on the top 4."

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Urban Meyer was a little late to the office this morning, but at least there was a television nearby as he celebrated the birth of his first grandchild. "I watched the selection show from the maternity ward at Riverside Hospital," Meyer said with a wide smile. "That's a first."

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Steve Sarkisian will be a story line entering the Alabama-Washington semifinal as he works for the Tide and recruited some of the Huskies older players. But Washington is a completely different program and culture under Chris Petersen. As far as general thoughts on the UW. personnel, Sark shouldn't be a huge factor.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

"Oklahoma's not a good team, they're a great team," says Urban Meyer as he considers the hot topic of non-conference scheduling. Taking note of analysis that OU would have made the playoff if it had faced weaker opponents than Houston and Ohio State in September, Meyer says he will talk to his AD at Ohio State, Gene Smith, on how to handle future schedules.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Despite winning the Big 12 championship, the Sooners were never really considered for a playoff spot by the selection committee. Said committee chair Kirby Hocutt, when asked why, "The defensive side of the ball. Oklahoma, terrific year, conference champion. We talked about how impressed the selection committee was on the offensive side of the ball, but they weren't as much of a complete team."

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson is an underdog in its bowl game again. A look at the last 4 (not counting '15 nat'l title game): 2015: +3.5 vs Oklahoma (won) 2014: +6 vs Okla (won) 2013: +2.5 vs Ohio St (won) 2012: +6 vs LSU (won)

Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Petersen said the hard thing about strength of schedule is that with coaching turnover, a lot of coaches didn't actually set up the schedule they're playing. He and AD Jen Cohen didn't set up the Huskies current schedule.

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Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Fresh from the hospital, Urban Meyer is back at the office as a grandfather for the first time and with a College Football Playoff bid in tow as well. Ohio State players had the weekend off and didn't watch the selection show together, but they'll be back on the practice field this week to gear up for Clemson.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Many of Clemson's best players this year played as true freshmen against Ohio State in the 2014 Orange Bowl. The one with the biggest stat line: tight end Jordan Leggett, with one catch for 43 yards. Leggett, a finalist for the Mackey Award, just broke the school record for single-season receiving yards by a tight end with 647 yards. As Dabo Swinney has pointed out, the Clemson senior class has a school record 47 wins. That Orange Bowl is one of them.

Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington coach Chris Petersen said he didn't get nervous until the very end while watching the selection show.

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Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Earlier this year, some Washington fans were among those who decided it was a good idea to hold up We Want Bama signs, but coach Chris Petersen could only laugh at that. "Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for," he said. "I didn't hold that sign up."

Ted Miller ESPN Staff Writer 

A loose Washington coach Chris Petersen on playing No. 1 Alabama, the unbeaten, dominant, defending national champions. "Be careful what you wish for." Petersen also noted all those "We want ‘Bama" signs we've seen through the years. "I didn't hold up that sign." Might this be 2007 all over again, another David vs. Goliath, when Petersen led Boise State against Oklahoma.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

A big storyline for the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl is how much Ohio State's passing game can improve in the next four weeks. Clemson's secondary is vulnerable but the Buckeyes have struggled to consistently attack downfield.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Nick Saban: "I wouldn't even be in this profession if not from [legendary Washington coach Don James]," who led the Huskies to their last national title 25 years ago.

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

"We Want Bama" signs have become the rage in college football. But don't expect Washington coach Chris Petersen to be holding one. The No. 4 Huskies will play the No. 1 Tide in a CFP semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Dec 31. "Sometimes you've got to be careful what you wish for," Petersen said. "I didn't hold that sign up."