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College Football Playoff History

 
Playoff · AAC · ACC · Big Ten · Big 12 · C-USA · MAC · MWC · Pac-12 · SEC · BCS

The College Football Playoff began in 2014 and is a four-team postseason tournament for NCAA FBS schools. A playoff committee selects four schools to compete in semifinals with the winners meeting in the title game. All three of the games are played on neutral fields and the venues are rotated on an annual basis.

Ohio State, the No. 4 seed, won the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship by defeating Alabama in the semifinals and Oregon in the title game.

The Buckeyes were listed as underdogs in both games, cashing money-line odds as high as 7/2 and 2/1 in the postseason affairs. The ‘over’ went 2-1 in the 2014 College Football Playoff.

Alabama bounced back in 2015 by knocking off Michigan State and Clemson to claim its fourth national championship in the last seven seasons. The Crimson Tide failed to cover in the National Championship against the Tigers in a 45-40 victory as 6.5-point favorites.

In 2016, it was Clemson blowing past Ohio State and edging Alabama in a thrilling victory in Tampa, claiming its first title since 1981, and just the second in school history.

The 2017 national semifinals were stark on contrast. Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma battled Georgia in the Rose Bowl, combining for 102 total points, most in the game's history. It was also the first overtime game in the Rose Bowl, as Georgia survived to move on. In New Orleans, Alabama used their suffocating defense to exact revenge on Clemson by a 24-6 score, setting up an all-SEC national title game.

Alabama rallied past Georgia in the title game in Atlanta, 26-23 in overtime as Nick Saban captured his fifth championship as head coach of the Crimson Tide. The Bulldogs picked up the cover as underdogs improved to 4-0 ATS in college football playoff championship games.

2017-18 College Football Playoff
Bowl Location Matchup (Seeds) Line Score ATS Result
Rose Pasadena, CA (3) Georgia vs. (2) Oklahoma Georgia -2.5 (62.5) Georgia 54 Oklahoma 48 (2OT) Favorite-Over
Sugar New Orleans, LA (4) Alabama vs. (1) Clemson Alabama -3.5 (47) Alabama 24 Clemson 6 Favorite-Under
Championship Atlanta, GA (4) Alabama vs. (3) Georgia Alabama -3.5 (45.5) Alabama 26 Georgia 23 (OT) Underdog-Over
2016-17 College Football Playoff
Bowl Location Matchup (Seeds) Line Score ATS Result
Chick-fil-A Peach Atlanta, GA (1) Alabama vs. (4) Washington Alabama -13.5 (52) Alabama 24 Washington 7 Favorite-Under
Fiesta Glendale, AZ (2) Clemson vs. (3) Ohio State Ohio State -1 (56.5) Clemson 31 Ohio State 0 Underdog-Under
Championship Tampa, FL (1) Alabama vs. (2) Clemson Alabama -6.5 (51.5) Clemson 35 Alabama 31 Underdog-Over
2015-16 College Football Playoff
Bowl Location Matchup (Seeds) Line Score ATS Result
Orange Miami Gardens, FL (1) Clemson vs. (4) Oklahoma Oklahoma -4 (63.5) Clemson 37 Oklahoma 17 Underdog-Under
Cotton Arlington, TX (2) Alabama vs. (3) Michigan State Alabama -10 (46) Alabama 30 Michigan State 0 Favorite-Under
Championship Glendale, AZ (1) Clemson vs. (2) Alabama Alabama -6.5 (53.5) Alabama 45 Clemson 40 Underdog-Over
2014-15 College Football Playoff
Bowl Location Matchup (Seeds) Line Score ATS Result
Rose Pasadena, CA (2) Oregon vs. (3) Florida State Oregon -8 (74) Oregon 59 Florida State 20 Favorite-Over
Sugar New Orleans, LA (1) Alabama vs. (4) Ohio State Alabama -9.5 (57.5) Ohio State 42 Alabama 35 Underdog-Over
Championship Arlington, TX (2) Oregon vs. (4) Ohio State Oregon -6.5 (72.5) Ohio State 42 Oregon 20 Underdog-Under
  
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