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No three-peat: Georgia out of College Football Playoff, will play in Orange Bowl

ATHENS, Ga. — The Georgia Bulldogs dreams of a national championship three-peat are over.

The College Football Playoff committee did not select Georgia hours after its SEC Championship Game loss to Alabama.

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The committee on Sunday afternoon selected: No. 1 Michigan, No. 2 Washington, No. 3 Texas and No. 4 Alabama. The committee placed ACC champions Florida State at No. 5 and Georgia at No. 6.

As the first two teams out, Florida State and Georgia will now face each other in the Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Dec. 30.

“I empathize with anybody that goes undefeated and doesn’t get in,” Georgia head coach Kirby Smart said.

“I empathize with our players because I personally feel like we deserve to be in. We’ve got a really good football team, we’re considered No. 1 in the country all year and then fell. We’ve got a whole hornet’s nest around here of some players that are disappointed too.”