The Pac-12 champions will get a chance to be the national champions.

On Sunday, Washington was selected as one of the top four teams in the College Football Playoff rankings and will play in the national semifinals.

The fourth-seeded Huskies (12-1) will take on No. 1 Alabama (13-0), the defending national champion, in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl on Dec. 31.

In the other semifinal game, No. 2 Clemson (12-1) will face No. 3 Ohio State (11-1) in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31.

Washington came into last week at No. 4, and made its case with a convincing 41-10 victory against then-No. 8 Colorado in Friday's Pac-12 championship game. The Huskies, whose only loss came against USC, won their last three games and secured the final spot.

With Washington going to the CFP semifinals, it opens up the Rose Bowl to choose between Colorado (10-3) and USC (9-3) to take the Pac-12's spot in that game.

Colorado won the Pac-12 South division with an 8-1 conference mark, one game ahead of USC, which finished 7-2 in conference play. CU's only other loss came on Sept. 17 at Michigan.

The Trojans did defeat the Buffaloes, 21-17, on Oct. 8. USC also defeated Washington, 26-13, on Nov. 12 in Seattle. USC is hoping those two wins give them the edge, despite their 1-3 start to the season, which included losses to Alabama, Stanford and Utah.

The Rose Bowl announcement will come later on Sunday.

Alabama won the SEC championship with a 54-16 rout of Florida on Saturday.


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The Crimson Tide have been the favorite to win the title most of the year.

Clemson (12-1) won the ACC championship, knocking off Virginia Tech 42-35 in Saturday's conference title game. The Tigers lost 43-42 at home against Pittsburgh on Nov. 12, but closed the season with three consecutive wins.

Ohio State is the only semifinalist that did not win its conference championship. The Buckeyes, in fact, didn't even win their division. The Buckeyes, however, were viewed as one of the best teams in the country, despite a 24-21 loss at Penn State on Oct. 22.

Ohio State does have wins against three teams in the Top 10: Michigan, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.

Penn State (11-2) was left out of the semifinals despite winning the Big Ten title game, 38-31, over Wisconsin. The Nittany Lions had early season losses to Pittsburgh and Michigan.

Penn State finished at No. 5 in the rankings, while Michigan (10-2) finished at No. 6.

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.