Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Washington selected for college playoff

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Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates with his team after their 54 to 16 win over the Florida Gators in the SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on December 3, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

NEW YORK – The top four college football teams who will compete for the national championship were revealed Sunday morning.

The College Football Playoff issued its final rankings Sunday morning, naming the top four teams: Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Washington.

No. 1 Alabama was no surprise as they remained undefeated throughout the season.

No. 2 Clemson, again no surprise, clinched the Atlantic Coast Conference title Saturday.

No. 3 Ohio State has been a selection committee favorite in recent weeks.

No. 4 Washington — which was the big question mark — beat out No. 5 Penn State and No. 6 Michigan. The Huskies had only one loss and a Pac-12 crown, but faced questions about their strength of schedule.

Penn State had two losses, but captured the Big 10 title with a stirring comeback over Wisconsin on Saturday night. The Nittany Lions also own perhaps the most impressive victory of the season with a win at Ohio State, according to Los Angeles Times.

Two-loss Michigan was in the running, but dropped two of its last three games.

The 12 men and women of the CFP selection committee reportedly debated into the late hours on Saturday and returned to work at 8 a.m. EST on Sunday, the LA Times reported.

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