Ranking every National Champion in the four-team College Football Playoff era

The College Football Playoff will be expanding to 12 teams in 2025. Let's take a look back at each National Champion that made it through the four-team playoff and find out who was the best.

Jan 8, 2024; Houston, TX, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive lineman Trevor Keegan (77) and quarterback J.J. McCarthy hold up the National Championship trophy after their win over the Washington Huskies.
Jan 8, 2024; Houston, TX, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive lineman Trevor Keegan (77) and quarterback J.J. McCarthy hold up the National Championship trophy after their win over the Washington Huskies. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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. 3. . . . College football playoff ranking. 523. . . 2020 National Champions

Things start to get a little tight here in the top three. In a season where nothing was normal because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this Crimson Tide team not only went undefeated, but managed to beat the No. 3, No. 7, No. 13, and No. 22 teams in the country.

Mac Jones was unstoppable for the Crimson Tide and how could he not be when he had Jalen Waddle, Devonta Smith, and John Metchie III to throw to? Jones threw for over 400 yards in four regular season games and their lowest score all season was 31 points in the playoff semifinal against Notre Dame.

In the championship, Jones threw for 464 yards and five touchdowns. Running back Najee Harris ran for 79 yards and two touchdowns and Devonta Smith had 215 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Ohio State never stood a chance after the Crimson Tide put up 28 points in the second quarter.

This Alabama team just might go down as one of the greatest in the Saban era. With Saban now gone Alabama may never see a team with so many stars and so much talent again. This team was truly special, but believe it or not, two teams were better and that is why they are third on this list.

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