The 2019 edition of the College Football Playoff is rapidly approaching. In honor of the imminent final bracket, let's take a look at its history starting in 2014, when the CFB Playoff made its debut.
2014-2015: Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, Ohio State
The inaugural playoff featured No. 2-ranked Oregon romping No. 3 Florida State 59-20 in the Rose Bowl and No. 4 Ohio State knocking off the No. 1-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide in a 42-35 Sugar Bowl doozy.
Preview in pictures of how Zeke might celebrate with the Lombardi Trophy. — Jacob Andersohn (@AndyJacobsohn) May 25, 2018
✔️ 2014 National Championship with Ohio State
✔️ 2018 Salvation Army home run derby
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2015-2016: Clemson, Alabama, Michigan State, Oklahoma
The No. 2-ranked Crimson Tide showed their class and thrashed No. 3 Michigan State 38-0 in the Cotton Bowl. The Orange Bowl featured a closer game between No. 1 Clemson and No. 4 Oklahoma, which saw the Tigers emerge victorious by a final score of 37-17.
The National Championship Game was a BARN BURNER as Alabama "upset" the top-ranked Tigers 45-40 behind 158 yards and three touchdowns from running back Derrick Henry.
The fourth-year seniors are 52-3 in their careers with national championships in 2015 and 2017 to go with SEC titles in 2015 and 2016 and three College Football Playoff appearances. https://t.co/FE59j3uNMV— The Tuscaloosa News (@tuscaloosanews) November 23, 2018
2016-2017: Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Washington
A disappointing semifinal in 2017 featured top-ranked Alabama beating No. 4 Washington 24-7 and No. 2 Clemson shutting out No. 3 Ohio State 31-0.
The Clemson Tigers would get their revenge this time around against the Crimson Tide in the National Championship Game on the back of 420 passing yards and 3 TDs by Deshaun Watson, escaping with a 35-31 last-second victory.
#Clemson’s senior class has had an incredible run:— Daren Stoltzfus (@DarenStoltzfus) November 25, 2018
2018: 12-0 (2 or 3 games left)
2017: 12-2, loss to #Cuse, #CFBPlayoff semifinal to Alabama
2016: 14-1, loss to #Pitt, National Champs
2015: 14-1, loss in National Championship to #RollTide
3 #ACC titles, can win 4th next week pic.twitter.com/OkMmsg4tPo
2017-2018: Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia, Alabama
Meeting for a third consecutive year in the playoff, top-ranked Bama would dominate No. 4 Clemson 24-6 in the Sugar Bowl. The Cotton Bowl was basically a Big 12 regular season game -- No. 2 Oklahoma was taken down by No. 3 Georgia 54-48 in two overtimes.
The Tua Tagovailoa legend was born on this night in the final game as he would come off the bench to lead the Crimson Tide to an epic comeback victory in overtime over the Bulldogs, with Bama upending their SEC rivals by a score of 26-23.
The last QB to throw for 3 TD against Georgia was Tua Tagovailoa...— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) November 27, 2018
In the 2nd half of the 2018 CFP National Championship game pic.twitter.com/XTEmPdefe2
2018-2019: Clemson, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Alabama
Clemson dominated previously-undefeated Notre Dame, 30-3, and Alabama handled Oklahoma, 45-34. Alabama faces Clemson for the third time in the College Football Playoff final and fourth year in a row.