The Georgia Bulldogs won’t be going to the College Football Playoff this season.
The playoff selection committee Sunday afternoon chose Oklahoma over Georgia for the final spot in the four-team field.
As expected, Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame— all undefeated -- are the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 seeds in the playoff, respectively.
The national semifinals will match Alabama vs. No. 4 seed Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl and Clemson vs. Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl, both on Dec. 29.
The combination of Georgia’s 36-16 loss at LSU on Oct. 13 and 35-28 loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship game Saturday cost the Bulldogs a return to the playoff.
The committee ranked the Bulldogs No. 5 and Ohio State No. 6.
Oklahoma lost only one game and won the Big 12 championship, while Georgia lost two games and did not win its conference. In the five-year history of the CFP, no team with two losses has made the playoff.
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey and Georgia coach Kirby Smart lobbied hard for the Bulldogs immediately after the SEC title game. “We most definitely have one of the best four teams in the country,” Smart said. “… It boils down to one thing. Do you want the four best teams in or not? It’s that simple.”