Final College Football Playoff Rankings released; TCU, Ohio State in

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Horned Frogs loss in Big 12 Championship Game left doubt

The College Football Playoff Committee has spoken and we will see Ohio State vs. Georgia in the Peach Bowl and TCU vs. Michigan in the Fiesta Bowl. The top four was announced during Sunday’s live selection show and may have seemed obvious to some, but TCU lost in overtime to Kansas State in the Big 12 Championship Game to add a little bit of doubt to the selection process.

With a big brand like the Alabama Crimson Tide lurking, leaving the Horned Frogs out for the sake of the almighty dollar was on the table, but TCU’s resume was too strong and Alabama’s loss to LSU left Nick Saban’s team at home.

 

College Football Playoff odds (DraftKings)

  • Georgia -125
  • Michigan +280
  • Ohio State +340
  • TCU +1600

Even though the Buckeyes were soundly beaten in Columbus during the regular season finale against Michigan, they are one of the teams that has the best chance to beat Georgia, as reflected by the game line and also the futures market. The Bulldogs certainly look pretty unbeatable, but Ohio State is one of maybe two or three teams that has the athletes to beat Georgia. Whether or not they can is another story.

Peach Bowl: No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 1 Georgia (-6.5, 61)

Steve Makinen line: Georgia -4.5

Adam Burke line: Georgia -6.5

Will the Buckeyes be able to figure things out over the next 27 days? Will Jaxson Smith-Njigba be healthy enough to be a factor? Are the Bulldogs just too good? Georgia has seemed pretty unbeatable throughout the season and only had one close call in a 26-22 win over Missouri.

What does Brent Musburger think about Ohio State vs. Georgia?

This game will be a ratings juggernaut and probably the highest bet game of the bowl season. We’ll have plenty of coverage of it in the lead-up to December 31.

Check out Steve Makinen’s Power Ratings.

Fiesta Bowl: No. 3 TCU vs. No. 2 Michigan (-9.5, 60.5)

Steve Makinen line: Michigan -7.8

Adam Burke line: Michigan -9

The Big 12 Championship Game wound up not mattering at all, as TCU stayed on the No. 3 line to take on Michigan. Alabama’s case wasn’t strong enough for the CFP and the Committee likely didn’t want to run back Ohio State vs. Michigan so quickly after how dominant the Wolverines have been the last two years.

Steve Makinen’s Power Ratings lines for every game.

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