College football: The chosen four are Playoff bound!
New York, New York - The final selection for the College Football Playoff (CFP) is here and for the first time in its history, the Big Ten conference will be represented by not one, but two teams!
Georgia, Michigan, TCU, and Ohio State have advanced to the semifinal bowl games and will play for the National Championship, ranking as CFP's top final four, respectively.
Georgia and Michigan, both undefeated heading into the semifinal, are in the Playoff for the second consecutive year.
Both teams won their respective conference titles on Saturday and will look to become the fourth team to win the CFP with an undefeated record, joining Clemson, Alabama, and LSU.
After being sidelined during championship weekend, the Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1) moved up one spot in the rankings following USC's second loss to Utah in the Pac-12 title game Friday. Joining Michigan in the top four, the Big Ten will have two playoff teams for the first time in the CFP's nine-year history.
No. 4 Ohio State will face No. 1 Georgia in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta, and No. 2 Michigan will face No. 3 TCU in the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl in Phoenix, both on December 31.
Georgia and Ohio State's semifinal meeting will be a rematch of the teams' bowl game in 1992, when the Bulldogs pulled away with a 21-14 victory in the Citrus Bowl.
The semifinal Fiesta Bowl will be the first time Michigan and TCU will suit up on the field together.
The winning teams of both semifinal bowl games will meet at the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T on January 9 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.
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