After a season of highs and lows (well, mostly highs for Alabama), the college Football Playoff is set. Three conference champions and Ohio State will now get another opportunity or two to prove they are the best team in college football this season. And even though the games are almost a month away, not much is changing in the interim, so we can give the games a solid preview!

No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. No. 4 Washington Huskies, December 31, 3:00 PM ET

It was no surprise to see Alabama slotted in to the top ranking in the College Football Playoff rankings -- they were the only Power 5 school to finish with an undefeated record.

They also didn't give up a single offensive touchdown in the month of November. The Pac-12 champions out of Washington will score at least one touchdown with the dynamic Jake Browning -- John Ross connection, but they may not be able to get much more. Alabama 33, Washington 16

No. 2 Clemson Tigers vs. No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes, December 31, 7:00 PM ET

Ohio State became the first team to make the College Football Playoff without winning their conference. It was deserved, as their only loss came in a fluke ending against eventual Big Ten champions Penn State. They are solid across the board and may even have the best coach among the final four -- or not, but Urban Meyer would be the best coach of the generation if it weren't for Nick Saban.

Clemson has a dynamic offense led by Heisman Trophy candidate Deshaun Watson, but they always seem to play down to their competition, a tendency that could bite them in the back. Ohio State 30, Clemson 28

National Championship -- No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes, January 9, 8:00 PM ET

This game will be closer than people expect, as Urban Meyer is good when he has a lot of time to prepare his team.

Alabama just seems like a team of destiny, though. While Ohio State has wavered from time to time this year, the Crimson Tide has emerged as one of the best teams in the history of college football. For that reason, they will win this year's College Football Playoff and their second straight title. Alabama 26, Ohio State 17

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