College Football Playoff odds: Georgia vs. Ohio State, Michigan vs. TCU in national semifinals
The College Football Playoff field has been set and the big winner is clearly Ohio State, which didn't even capture its own division in the Big Ten. Thanks to USC's loss in the Pac-12 title game to Utah, the Buckeyes stole the No. 4 spot and will face No. 1 Georgia in the Peach Bowl on New Year's Eve, while No. 2 Michigan will take on No. 3 TCU in the Fiesta Bowl the same night even though the Frogs were knocked off in the Big 12 title game. First lines have Georgia at -6.5 and Michigan at -9.5 but with nearly a month to go, those likely will shift.
It's the first time the Big Ten has had two teams in the playoff and first-ever time for TCU – the only other Big 12 team to make it had been Oklahoma. The Horned Frogs and Buckeyes are the fifth and sixth teams to make the College Football Playoff without winning a conference title. Ohio State probably should have moved to No. 3, but the committee clearly didn't want a rematch vs. Michigan in the semifinals.
Ohio State and Georgia have played each other once, in the 1993 Citrus Bowl. The Bulldogs won 21-14. TCU and Michigan have not played.
The national championship will be played Jan. 9 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. Georgia is the -130 title favorite with Michigan at +280, Ohio State +340 and TCU +1600.
The other New Year's Six bowl games are Utah vs. Penn State in the Rose, Tulane vs. USC in the Cotton, Clemson vs. Tennessee in the Orange, and Kansas State vs. Alabama in the Sugar.
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