ATLANTA, GA DECEMBER 03: Georgia head coach Kirby Smart and players celebrate after winning the SEC Championship football game between the LSU Tigers and the Georgia Bulldogs on December 3rd, 2022 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA. (Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

There were four at that point.

There was little doubt who the four College Football Playoff teams would be when the selection committee made its announcement on Sunday.

The only suspense was if Ohio State would move up or if it would be a repeat of the Michigan game.

Here is how it all came to an end.

  1. Georgia
  2. Michigan
  3. TCU
  4. Ohio State
  5. Alabama
  6. Tennessee 
  7. Clemson
  8. Utah
  9. Kansas State
  10. USC
  11. Penn State
  12. Washington
  13. Florida State
  14. Oregon State
  15. Oregon
  16. Tulane
  17. LSU
  18. UCLA
  19. South Carolina
  20. Texas
  21. Notre Dame
  22. Mississippi State
  23. NC State
  24. Troy
  25. UTSA

Heading into the conference championship weekend, it was easy.

Regardless of the outcome in their respective conference title games, Georgia and Michigan were locks because of their perfect records in the SEC and Michigan's win over Penn State.

It was close to being a lock since it had already defeated Kansas State. USC had a chance to get the fourth and final spot.

Utah had something else in mind.

The Utes ended USC's hopes of winning the conference title with a 47-24 victory.

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Utah dominated at the line of scrimmage while USC's quarterback was injured. The problem with the USC defense was that they didn't want to tackle someone.

USC's loss was Ohio State's gain, as the Buckeyes were hoping for some chaos to gain an entry into the College Football Playoff.

There is something to be said about the fact that Ohio State did not play in the conference title game, but all 11 of its victories were by double digits.

The Big 12 title was on the line in the overtime loss to Kansas State. It was a silver lining for the Frogs that the game came down to the last snap.

The Tide had an extra loss compared to every contender and did not stack a number of impressive wins together.

Their best win was probably over a Texas team that was without their quarterback for most of the game. In a game Ewers played, the Longhorns were defeated by seven.

As the season went on, Alabama's loss to LSU looked worse, as the Tigers fell to Texas A&M and were overwhelmed by Georgia. Tennessee gave up 63 points in a loss to South Carolina after defeating Alabama.

It can be argued that Alabama's two losses came down to the last play, but it barely snuck past Texas, Texas A&M and Ole Miss in three of its wins. If a few plays unfolded differently, it could be just as easy to be 8 or 7.

Now that the arguments and lobbying are over, attention turns to the actual games with the biggest question being will anyone challenge the reigning champion.