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CFB Playoff: Turning the Tide

December 6, 2021 CFB Playoff: Turning the Tide

By: Carlos Alvarez

#1 Alabama, #2 Michigan, #3 Georgia & #4 Cincinnati Enter CFB Playoff

Championship Week in college football brought no change to the Top-4 teams in the College Football Playoff rankings, but a flip-flop between No. 1 and No. 3 took place after Alabama handed Georgia its first loss in the SEC title game. Bama and Georgia switched places, but No. 2 Michigan and No. 4 Cincinnati stayed put after winning easy in their conference championships. As we tie a bow on the college football season, here’s a quick look at the playoff format and the New Year’s 6 bowl games.


College Football Playoff Schedule

Orange Bowl: #2 Michigan vs. #3 Georgia (Dec. 31)

Cotton Bowl: #1 Alabama vs. #4 Cincinnati (Dec. 31)

CFP National Championship (Jan. 10)


Remaining New Year’s 6 Bowl Games

Peach Bowl: #10 Michigan State vs. #12 Pittsburgh (Dec. 30)

Fiesta Bowl: #5 Notre Dame vs. #9 Oklahoma State (Jan. 1)

Rose Bowl: #6 Ohio State vs. #11 Utah (Jan. 1)

Sugar Bowl: #7 Baylor vs. #8 Ole Miss (Jan. 1)


Final CFB Playoff Rankings


Conference Championship Highlights

Pac-12: #17 Utah def. #10 Oregon (38-10)

#9 Baylor def. #5 Oklahoma State (21-16)

#4 Cincinnati def. #21 Houston (35-20)

#3 Alabama def. #1 Georgia (41-24)

#15 Pittsburgh def. #16 Wake Forest (45-21)

#2 Michigan def. #13 Iowa (42-3)


Additional Storylines

Sporting News: Dates, Times Channels & More for Every FBS Bowl Game

DraftKings: Heisman Watch: There’s Bryce Young, Kenny Pickett & Everyone Else

SI: Orange Bowl Preview: Michigan & Georgia to Put Defense in the Spotlight

SI: Cotton Bowl Preview: Cincinnati Looks to Prove it Belongs Against SEC Powerhouse Alabama


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