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Has a College Football Playoff game ever gone to overtime?

The Crimson Tide and Wolverines are headed to OT in the 2024 Rose Bowl. Have we ever had a Playoff game go to an extra period?

J.J. McCarthy of the Michigan Wolverines runs with the ball while being tackled by Terrion Arnold of the Alabama Crimson Tide in the fourth quarter during the CFP Semifinal Rose Bowl Game at Rose Bowl Stadium on January 01, 2024 in Pasadena, California. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Update: Michigan defeated Alabama 27-20 to advance to the 2024 College Football Playoff Championship Game. Blake Corum punched in the go-ahead score for the Wolverines and the defense stuffed Jalen Milroe on 4th and goal to survive.


The 2024 College Football Playoff semifinal between the No. 1 Michigan Wolverines and No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide is heading to overtime, with the two powers tied 20-20. The Wolverines were able to punch in a touchdown late in the fourth quarter and this battle between these two powerhouses is setting up for a photo finish.

This is the third overtime game in the 10-year history of the College Football Playoffs. The first OT game that took place was during the 2018 semifinals, where Georgia defeated Oklahoma in a 54-48 thriller. The Bulldogs out-dueled Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield and Sony Michel delivered the game-winning score. The second instance occurred one week later in the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Game, where Alabama defeated Georgia 26-23. This was the game where Jalen Hurts was famously benched for Tua Tagovailoa, who fired off the game-winning touchdown to future Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith.