The victor of the matchup between the Crimson Tide and the Huskies will meet the victor of the game matching the No. 2 Clemson and the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes, who will play in the other CFP Semifinal Game at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz.
The selection committee set a new precedent Sunday with the Big Ten champion, Penn State, missing out on the playoff. But the Tide hasn't faced a Top 25 scoring offense since Week 2 against Western Kentucky, which ranks second.
Top seeded Alabama will play No. 4 Washington in the Peach Bowl in the Georgia Dome.
Third-ranked Ohio State became the first team to make the playoff without winning its conference. The Buckeyes and Tigers will meet at the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona, on December 31. That was in 2009 when Alabama went 14-0 and won the first of his four national titles at the school.
OR reached the playoff in 2014, the inaugural year, but the conference was shut out last season when two-loss Stanford finished sixth.
Ohio State, the lone non-conference champion in the playoff field gets in due to the strength of its resume.
Ohio State came in ranked at No. 3 in the final rankings, and that also stings to Penn State.
The argument could be made that had Penn State scheduled a non-conference "cupcake" instead of the likes of Pittsburgh, the Nittany Lions could have ended with just one loss and been in a playoff spot. Don't let that make you believe for a minute, however, that the Nittany Lions and Wolverines weren't deserving of playing for a national championship because they most certainly were.
Clemson's 12th straight bowl appearance, lost 45-40 to Alabama in last year's national championship game. He added that a lopsided loss to MI and a loss to Pittsburgh was the deciding factor in keeping Penn State out of the playoff.
The one difference from last week's top four and the final one was Clemson and Ohio State switched spots.
Penn State, following their win in the Big Ten title game, jumped ahead of MI into the fifth spot and the Wolverines dropped to sixth.
Alabama has ended the regular season at No. 1 in the AP Top 25. The Utes will likely be invited to either the Foster Farms Bowl or the Hyundai Sun Bowl.
On this Bowl Selection Sunday, the biggest news comes later from the CFP selection committee. Without further ado, here are the four teams who will be competing for the national championship trophy. A No. 5 ranking and a trip to the Rose Bowl is nothing to scoff at. Navy's loss to Temple on Saturday in the American Athletic Conference championship game ensures the Midshipmen (9-3, with Army-Navy left) will play in the Armed Forces Bowl.
Fiesta Bowl Projection: No. 2 Clemson vs. That pairing was finalized Saturday.