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Only 2 College Football Programs Have Never Missed Playoff Rankings

The College Football Playoff logo on the field before the semifinal between Clemson and Ohio State.

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 28: The college football playoff logo on the field before the Fiesta Bowl college football playoff semi final game between the Clemson Tigers and the Ohio State Buckeyes on December 28, 2019 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Since the start of the College Football Playoff in 2014, there have been 51 separate rankings released by the Selection Committee. In that span, two teams have never failed to appear.

According to FOX College Football, Alabama and Ohio State have appeared on all 51 weekly rankings since 2014. Coming in third is Clemson with 48 appearances, followed by Oklahoma with 46 and Notre Dame with 40.

Alabama have been the most successful of any of the College Football Playoff teams, winning the title three times and appearing in the national title game six times in eight years. They've missed the tournament only once. 

Ohio State won the first College Football Playoff in 2014 and have appeared in it fewer times than Clemson has. But, they've still been a regular season juggernaut and have finished ranked in the top six each year of the tournament's existence.

Alabama and Ohio State have crossed paths twice before in the College Football Playoff era, both en route to title wins.

In 2014, the No. 4 Buckeyes upset the No. 1 Crimson Tide to win in the Sugar Bowl before easily dispatching Oregon to their first national title in over a decade. 

The rematch came during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. 12-0 Alabama beat 7-0 Ohio State to win the College Football Playoff for a third time.

Given Alabama's record, they won't have a rematch in 2022. But it feels like the rubber match isn't far off.