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Tide, Clemson, OSU and Washington in CFP

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Alabama will play Washington and Ohio State is set to face Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinals.

The selection committee stayed with the same top four Sunday as it had going into championship weekend, leaving out No. 5 Penn State even though the Nittany Lions won the Big Ten title game and beat Ohio State earlier in the season.

The Buckeyes (11-1) are the first team to reach the playoff in its three-year history without winning their conference.


Penn State to face USC in Rose Bowl

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) Southern California and Penn State followed two difficult paths to reach a remarkable reunion eight years later in the Rose Bowl.

The Trojans will face the Big Ten champions on Jan. 2 in the 103rd edition of the Granddaddy of Them All. The rematch of the 2009 game showcases two venerable football programs that have emerged from bad times since their last trip to this traditional postseason destination for their conferences.


Tuberville resigns after 4 yrs. at Cincy

CINCINNATI (AP) Tommy Tuberville resigned as Cincinnati's coach on Sunday after his first losing season in four years with the Bearcats.

Cincinnati ended the season with five straight losses and a 4-8 record, missing out on a bowl appearance for the first time in Tuberville's tenure. Before the season, the Bearcats gave Tuberville a two-year extension that took him through 2019.


Michigan to face Florida State in Orange

MIAMI (AP) Michigan is Orange Bowl-bound after games over the weekend didn't go the Wolverines' way.

Their opponent on Dec. 30 will be Florida State, rewarded for sweeping a weak November schedule.


13-0 W. Michigan gets Badgers in Cotton

Western Michigan will be rowing from Kalamazoo to the Cotton Bowl.

The 12th-ranked Broncos (13-0, No. 15 CFP), the Mid-American Conference champions and the only FBS team other than top-ranked Alabama still undefeated, will play Big Ten runner-up and eighth-ranked Wisconsin (10-3, No. 8 CFP) on Jan. 2 in the Dallas Cowboys' home stadium.


Oklahoma, Auburn face off in Sugar Bowl

The Big 12 champion Oklahoma Sooners will meet the Southeastern Conference's Auburn Tigers in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 in New Orleans.

The No. 7 Sooners (10-2, 9-0 Big 12, No. 7 College Football Playoff) finished off a perfect run through conference play on Saturday with a 38-20 victory over Oklahoma State. Oklahoma lost two of three to start the season, but ended the season on a nine-game winning streak.


Harbaugh not backing off ref criticism

MIAMI (AP) Jim Harbaugh is not backpedaling on his recent criticism of officials.

Harbaugh said he's instead ready to agree to disagree with the Big Ten. The conference reprimanded the Michigan coach and fined his school $10,000 for violating the conference's sportsmanship policy by criticizing officials after a loss to Ohio State.


Ex-starting QB Nunez leaving Gamecocks

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Former South Carolina starting quarterback Lorenzo Nunez is leaving the Gamecocks.

South Carolina coach Will Muschamp said Sunday that Nunez wants to transfer somewhere he can play quarterback.


Tide set to be 3rd wire-to-wire AP No. 1

Alabama heads into the postseason with a chance to become the third wire-to-wire champion in the history of The Associated Press college football poll.

The Crimson Tide was No. 1 in the final AP Top 25 of the regular season Sunday, just as it has been since the preseason. Ohio State is No. 2, Clemson is No. 3 and Washington is No. 4.


Clemson holds off Hokies for ACC crown

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Deshaun Watson's mission is not over.

The Heisman Trophy hopeful and third-ranked Clemson Tigers are ready to return to the College Football Playoff and try to resolve some unfinished business from last season.

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