Huskies will face Alabama in national football semifinal

The College Football Playoff pairings are set.

After months of debate and 14 weeks of games, the committee came down with its final decision Sunday.

No. 1 Alabama will play No. 4 Washington in the Peach Bowl. The game will be Dec. 31 at 12 p.m. PT at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Ohio State will face off in the Fiesta Bowl. That game will be Dec. 31 at 4 p.m. PT at the University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

The decision, as with other years past, is sure to create controversy.

The Buckeyes are the first non-conference champion to make the playoff in the three years of the current system. The Huskies, while winners of the Pac-12, had a non-conference schedule of Rutgers, Idaho and Portland State.

Penn State at 11-2 was left out. The Nittany Lions won their last nine games, including defeats of Ohio State and Wisconsin, to win the Big Ten title. Michigan finished 10-2 and beat Penn State by 39 points.

Both will have to settle for other major bowls. Those pairings will come out later Sunday.

Copyright 2016 KING


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