No. 1 Alabama will play No. 4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl

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The ACC champion Tigers (13-0, No. 2 CFP) will play Notre Dame (12-0, No. 3 CFP) in the Cotton Bowl on December 29 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The playoff committee will make their decision at 11 a.m. CT on ESPN. With an opportunity to play for the national championship on the line, it should be a terrific game.

Quarterback Ian Book proved to be the game-changer for Notre Dame's offense this season with 2,468 passing yards, 19 touchdowns, six interceptions and a 162.5 passer rating. Oklahoma holds a 3-1-1 advantage in the series and has won the last three games against Alabama.

That protocol, which he recited nearly word-for-word, says that when teams are that close, certain factors should take precedence, the most notable of those being "conference champions".

The Sooners beat Texas for the Big 12 title, avenging their only loss behind Heisman Trophy contender Kyler Murray. Top-seeded Clemson beat fourth-seeded Oklahoma 37-17 in 2015.

No. 2 Clemson is headed back to the Lone Star State for a second time this season and a first trip to the Cotton Bowl since 1940.

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Time to set the field for college football's final four.

SEC champion Alabama, ACC champion Clemson, Notre Dame and Oklahoma were picked Sunday as the four teams that made the cut.

Oklahoma also fell to Florida in the 2008 BCS National Championship game in the same stadium.

Ohio State isn't getting a spot in the top 4. The Bulldogs lost a dramatic Southeastern Conference championship game to Alabama on Saturday while the Buckeyes won the Big Ten championship.

The wild card was Georgia beating the mighty Tide, which could have meant two SEC teams for the second straight season.