Ducks to play Seminoles in CFP semis

Oregon officially lands a spot in the College Football Playoff and will take on the defending national champions for a spot in the title game.

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It's official: Oregon is playoff bound.

The Ducks held firm at the second spot in the final College Football Playoff rankings after beating the Arizona Wildcats in the Pac-12 Championship game on Friday night. Their reward is a date with the defending national champions, third-ranked Florida State, in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.

Florida State secured their spot with a win over Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship game on Saturday night. The Seminoles, led by 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and stud freshman running back Dalvin Cook, have won 29 consecutive games dating back to the 2012 season.

After running through opponents en route to a national championship, which they won inside the Rose Bowl, last season, the Seminoles have largely skated by opponents throughout 2014. However, they remain the only team to finish the regular season unscathed at 13-0.

The Ducks' (12-1) lone blemish came back on Oct. 2, against Arizona at home, which they avenged with a 38-point victory on Friday.

The game could feature the two most recent Heisman Trophy winners in Winston and Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, the current-favorite for this year's award. This will be the first meeting between the two teams.

The winner of the Rose Bowl will take on either Alabama (12-1) or Ohio State (12-1), who meet in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1. The Crimson Tide secured the top seed after a big win over Missouri in the SEC Championship game on Saturday. Ohio State, sitting as the first team out last weekend, shutout Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship game on Saturday night and found themselves in over Big 12 co-champions TCU and Baylor.

Last week, TCU was seeded ahead of Florida State at No. 3 and Baylor was sitting as the second team out. The Horned Frogs pasted Iowa State by 52 points, but Baylor beat them head-to-head in October and finished with the same record, setting up for a hotly debated decision to include the Buckeyes and drop the Big-12 completely from the top four.

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