Clemson Tigers
The Clemson Tigers hold onto the No. 1 ranking after winning the ACC title game. Getty

Championship weekend in college football has come to a close and we now know the four teams that will take part in the College Football Playoffs, beginning Dec. 31 with the national semifinals. Unlike the inaugural College Football Playoff, there is little controversy surrounding who belongs in the final four.

The first semifinal is the Orange Bowl, which will feature the No. 1 ranked he Clemson Tigers (13-0) and No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners (11-1). Clemson defeated North Carolina 45-37 to capture the ACC crown and remain No. 1 in the CFP rankings while Oklahoma dropped from No. 3 to No. 4 after winning the Big 12 title but being idle this week due to the absence of a championship game in the conference.

Second-ranked Alabama (12-1) took care of Florida 29-15 in the SEC championship and stay put at No. 2 and will take on No. 3 Michigan State (12-1) in the Cotton Bowl in the other national semifinal. Michigan State defeated Iowa in the Big Ten title game to ensure themselves a spot in the CFP. After beating another top five team, the Spartans leapfrogged the Sooners and earned themselves a shot at the Crimson Tide, who are the only team to make both installments of the CFP.

Week 15 AP Top 25:

  1. Clemson
  2. Alabama
  3. Michigan State
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Stanford
  6. Iowa
  7. Ohio State
  8. Notre Dame
  9. Florida State
  10. North Carolina
  11. TCU
  12. Northwestern
  13. Oklahoma State
  14. Houston
  15. Oregon
  16. Ole Miss
  17. Michigan
  18. Baylor
  19. Florida
  20. Utah
  21. Navy
  22. LSU
  23. Wisconsin
  24. Temple
  25. Western Kentucky