The College Football Playoff semifinalists combined to place 10 players on The Associated Press All-America first team, including a high of four from No. 1 Alabama.
The Crimson Tide had six players chosen to the three All-America teams, more than any other school. No. 2 Clemson has three first-teamers, No. 4 Oklahoma has two All-Americans — including quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray — and No. 3 Notre Dame had one.
The Tide and Sooners meet in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29 and the Tigers play the Fighting Irish at the Cotton Bowl that day. The winners meet in the College Football Playoff national championship game Jan. 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
The playoff teams combined for 17 overall selections on the teams chosen by a panel of AP poll voters and released Monday.
Clemson, Oklahoma and LSU each had four players on the three teams, trailing only Alabama. Notre Dame, Kentucky, Iowa, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Washington and Wisconsin each had three overall selections.
Kentucky placed two players on the first team: linebacker Josh Allen and guard Bunchy Stallings. The Wildcats have not an AP All-American since receiver/kick returner Derek Abney in 2002.
Selection panel: Rob Asmussen, Champaign (Illinois) News-Gazette; Matt Baker, Tampa Bay (Florida) Times; Michael Barber, Richmond (Virginia) Times-Dispatch; Matt Brown, The Athletic; Robert Cessna, Bryan-College Station (Texas) Eagle; Rece Davis, ESPN; Pat Dooley, Gainesville (Florida) Sun; Scott Hamilton, WECT-TV (Wilmington, North Carolina); Eric Hansen, The South Bend (Indiana) Tribune; Brian Howell, Buffzone.com, Boulder (Colorado) Daily Camera; Rob Long, WJZ FM 105.7 The Fan Baltimore; Sean Manning, The Dominion Post (Morgantown, West Virginia); Conor O’Neill, Winston-Salem (North Carolina) Journal; Soren Petro, 810 WHB Kansas City, Missouri.; Keith Sargeant, NJ.Com/Star-Ledger; Jon Wilner, San Jose (California) Mercury News.
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