Are you ready for Oklahoma vs. Alabama at the Cotton Bowl in a College Football Playoff semifinal? It looks like we're headed that way, writes Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman.
After Clemson, Alabama and Oklahoma were ranked 1-2-3 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, the Sooners and Crimson Tide have a good chance to meet in the semifinals.
"The committee seems unlikely to change the Clemson/Alabama/OU order. Clemson plays a more distinguished opponent (10th-ranked North Carolina) than does Bama (18th-ranked Florida) in their respective conference championship games Saturday. Meanwhile, the Sooners are idle Saturday and can't move up on merit," Tramel writes.
I'd agree that Oklahoma-Alabama in the Cotton Bowl is the most likely scenario -- a rematch of the 2014 Sugar Bowl.
However, the words of committee chairman Jeff Long make the situation somewhat cloudy. Long said the committee had plenty of discussions about Clemson and Alabama along with lengthy discussions about No. 4 Iowa and No. 5 Michigan State.
That leads me to believe Clemson and Alabama could each win their respective conference championship games on Saturday and the committee could move Alabama above Clemson depending on how each game plays out. A Clemson-Oklahoma rematch of last year's Russell Athletic Bowl is a legit possibility. There's also a very real chance that the Big Ten champion will jump Oklahoma.
I'd prefer to see Oklahoma and Alabama battle it out, but I can't wait to see the actual semifinal matchups on Sunday.