Through five seasons of the College Football Playoff, only 10 different programs have made an appearance in the four team field. It has proven to be an extremely exclusive, difficult to crack event, even if it doubles the number of participants from the BCS.
Four teams—Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma, and Ohio State—have made multiple appearances in the CFP. Alabama has played in every single one thus far, with Clemson only missing the first playoff.
The Crimson Tide and Tigers are reloading for big 2019 runs. It is no surprise that they are heavy favorites to make the field again.
One online sports book gives Alabama and Clemson the same better-than-2/3 odds to make the College Football Playoff this year.
BetOnline.ag gives the two schools a 67.8-percent chance to make the field. Oklahoma and Ohio State are both over 30-percent, but Georgia, the 2017 runner-up, comes in third at just under 45-percent.
Notre Dame, which played in the CFP last year, and would be-newcomers Michigan and Texas round out the list.
Via CBS Sports' Barrett Sallee:
Alabama and Clemson have faced off in the playoff for four straight seasons. The Tide won the national title in 2015, Clemson got revenge in 2016, Alabama won the semifinal game in 2017 and went on to capture the national title, and Clemson shocked the dominant Tide this past season for the title.
With star quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa and Trevor Lawrence back this fall, it wound surprise no one if we got a fifth edition of the elite school showdown at the end of the season.