Ranking every year of the CFP four-team era

The four-team era of the College Football Playoff came to an end with Michigan's 34-13 win over Washington. Where does this 2024 CFP rank among the 10 four-team CFP era?

Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh celebrates
Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh celebrates / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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  • National Championship: Clemson 35 Alabama 31
  • Peach Bowl: No. 1 Alabama 24 No. 4 Washington 7
  • Fiesta Bowl: No. 2 Clemson 31 Ohio State 0

2017 is the flipside of the coin from 2023. The semifinals were tough to watch with two lopsided victories, but that collision course led us straight to the second-best national championship game of the CFP era. 

The rivalry that defined the start of the CFP was cemented in this national championship game as Clemson got revenge on Alabama 364 days after the Crimson Tide beat the Tigers for the 2016 national title. 

Deshaun Watson was the hero, leading Clemson on a game-winning drive capped off by a touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow.