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College Football Playoff primer: Everything you need to know

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh celebrates after defeating Purdue in the Big Ten championship game Sunday.

(Michael Conroy / Associated Press)

No real shockers here. Georgia, Michigan, Texas Christian and Ohio State were selected to play in the College Football Playoff Semifinals at the end of month. For the first time, two teams from the Big Ten made it to CFP semfinals, with Ohio State jumping back into the top four following USC’s loss to Utah in the Pac-12 title game.

Georgia secured its No. 1 spot with a 50-30 victory over Louisiana State in the Southeastern Conference championship game on Saturday. Michigan defeated Purdue 43-22 for the Big Ten title, going 13-0 on a season for the first time. TCU lost to Kansas State in overtime in the Big 12 title game Saturday.

Despite some nationally televised lobbying efforts by Alabama coach Nick Saban during Saturday night’s Big Ten championship game broadcast, Alabama will not be playing in the College Football Playoff semifinals.

The No. 5 Crimson Tide (10-2) will play No. 6 Tennessee (10-2) in the Sugar Bowl on Dec. 30. It marks the first time since the inception of the College Football Playoff in 2014 that the Crimson Tide will not be represented.

Here’s a rundown of the semifinal matchups:

  • Peach Bowl — No. 1 Georgia (13-0) vs. No. 4 Ohio State (11-1), 5 p.m., Dec. 30
  • Fiesta Bowl — No. 2 Michigan (13-0) vs. No. 3 TCU (12-1), 1 p.m., Dec. 30
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