Tua Tagovailoa’s 41-yard touchdown to DeVonta Smith gave No. 4 Alabama a 26-23 overtime victory against No. 3 Georgia on Monday night, tying Nick Saban with Paul “Bear” Bryant for the most national championships.
The Crimson Tide got the nod over Ohio State and will play Clemson in the College Football Playoff on Jan. 1 in the Sugar Bowl. Oklahoma and Georgia will meet in the Rose Bowl semifinal a few hours earlier.
Former Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith and Robert Morris President Chris Howard have been added to the College Football Playoff selection committee.
Top-ranked Alabama scored 10 points off turnovers, and Bo Scarbrough’s 68-yard TD run in the fourth quarter clinched a 24-7 victory over Washington in the Peach Bowl national semifinal Saturday.
Alabama will play Washington and Ohio State is set to face Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinals.
Derrick Henry, O.J. Howard and Kenyan Drake hit No. 1 Clemson with huge plays, and Alabama outlasted the dynamic play of dual-threat quarterback Deshaun Watson to win the College Football Playoff championship 45-40 on Monday night.
The second-ranked Crimson Tide aired it out to beat the No. 3 Spartans 38-0 on Thursday night in the Cotton Bowl and advance to the national championship game.
Deshaun Watson turned in another stellar two-way performance, running for one touchdown, passing for another and accounting for 332 yards to lead top-ranked Clemson to a 37-17 victory over Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on Thursday.