Meet a College Football Playoff participants

No. 1 Alabama

Record: 12-1 (8-0)

Coach, record: Nick Saban (86-16)

Semifinal matchup: No. 4 Ohio State in a Sugar Bowl

All-time record vs. Ohio State, final meeting:3-0. Last meeting: 24-17 win on Jan. 2, 1995 (Citrus Bowl)

Best win: 25-20 vs. Mississippi State on Nov. 15

Worst performance: 23-17 detriment during Mississippi on Oct. 4.

How they got here: A indolent start to a deteriorate saw Alabama remove to Mississippi and onslaught opposite unranked Arkansas to tighten a initial half during 5-1. The Crimson Tide have given won 7 in a row, including a feat opposite Missouri to explain a Southeastern Conference championship, to finish initial in a final College Football Playoff rankings. With a offense now clicking underneath coordinator Lane Kiffin and a invulnerability always dangerous when given additional time to prepare, a Crimson Tide might be a favorites to win a fourth inhabitant championship underneath Nick Saban. With an 8-3 record in discussion championship games and play games given Saban’s attainment in 2007, it’s transparent Alabama prepares for vital foe as good as any module in a country.

No. 2 Oregon

Record: 12-1 (8-1)

Coach, record: Mark Helfrich (23-3)

Semifinal matchup: No. 3 Florida State in a Rose Bowl

All-time record vs. Florida State, final meeting: First meeting

Best win: 46-27 vs. Michigan State on Sept. 6

Worst performance: 31-24 detriment vs. Arizona on Oct. 4

How they got here: With a difference of one hiccup, a seven-point detriment to Arizona in October, no group in college football has looked as dominant. Led by quarterback Marcus Mariota, a complicated favorite to win a Heisman Trophy, Oregon’s offense has been a many prolific in propagandize history. Though a invulnerability has had a ups and downs, a Ducks successfully slowed down a high-powered offenses in a Pac-12 Conference. After avenging that progressing detriment to Arizona in a Pac-12 pretension game, Oregon can surveillance wins opposite a Wildcats, Michigan State, UCLA, Stanford and Utah. Oregon can also surveillance another advantage unmatched in college football: Mariota.

No. 3 Florida State

Record: 13-0 (8-0)

Coach, record: Jimbo Fisher (58-10)

Semifinal matchup: No. 2 Oregon in a Rose Bowl

All-time record vs. Oregon, final meeting: First meeting

Best win: 37-35 vs. Georgia Tech on Dec. 6

Worst performance: 20-17 win vs. Boston College on Nov. 22

How they got here: It was never easy for Florida State, that struggled to nick wins opposite a slew of defective antithesis — North Carolina State, Miami (Fla.), Boston College and Florida, to name a few. Yet a Seminoles finished their deteriorate where many expected: unbeaten, atop a Atlantic Coast Conference and in one of dual inhabitant semifinals. In a sense, that FSU had to blemish and scratch to extend a 29-game winning strain should come in accessible during a postseason; a Seminoles have a knowledge indispensable to lift out a close, firmly contested diversion in a fourth quarter. But there’s any reason to consider FSU will need to ramp adult a opening to compare wits with Oregon in a Rose Bowl.

No. 4 Ohio State

Record: 12-1 (8-0)

Coach, record: Urban Meyer (36-3)

Semifinal matchup: No. 1 Alabama in a Sugar Bowl

All-time record vs. Alabama, final meeting: 0-3 Last meeting: 24-17 win on Jan. 2, 1995 (Citrus Bowl)

Best win: 49-37 during Michigan State on Nov. 8

Worst performance: 35-21 detriment vs. Virginia Tech on Sept. 6

How they got here: In what might be a excellent coaching pursuit of Urban Meyer’s career, Ohio State survived injuries to dual starting quarterbacks — initial Braxton Miller, afterwards J.T. Barrett — to eke into a Playoff. Now that they’re in a tip four, a Buckeyes contingency continue to tailor a offense to fit Cardale Jones, a latest starter underneath center. If this deteriorate has taught us anything, however, it’s that Ohio State’s ability to measure points on any competition can't be overlooked. The Buckeyes scored during slightest 31 points in any of their final 12 games after losing to Virginia Tech in September. With plenty time to ready for Alabama, a Buckeyes’ offense will sojourn really dangerous.

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