College football bowl projections: Georgia, Cincinnati earn final two playoff spots over Notre Dame

Nobody is surprised, right? We all predicted this at the beginning of the season. No. 3 Alabama will very likely be the top seed in the College Football Playoff when the new CFP Rankings are released and the matchups are announced on Sunday.

That is a result of a 41-24 dismantling of No. 1 Georgia, which had been the most dominant team in college football this season so far, in the 2021 SEC Championship. Because of Georgia’s regular season domination, it will still make the CFP and likely be the No. 3 seed.

Alabama is expected to go to the Cotton Bowl and face the only other team that was undefeated to start the weekend. No. 4 Cincinnati completed a perfect 13-0 season with a win over No. 21 Houston in the AAC Championship Game. The Bearcats are projected to be the No. 4 seed as the first team from a Group of Five conference to participate in the CFP.

No. 2 Michigan won the Big Ten Championship Game by dismantling No. 13 Iowa. The Wolverines are expected to retain their No. 2 seed in the CFP, clinching a spot in the Orange Bowl semifinal against Georgia. Michigan was one of only four favorites to win their conference championship games this weekend.

College Football Playoff

Jan. 10

National Championship
Indianapolis

Title game Semifinal winners

Dec. 31

Cotton Bowl
Arlington, Texas

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