We’re certainly not going to complain about watching a College Football Playoff rubber match between Clemson and Alabama on New Year’s Day. But at least two Las Vegas oddsmakers are surprised the Crimson Tide (11-1) were chosen over Ohio State (11-2) for the fourth and final CFP seed. Alabama didn’t play in its Southeastern Conference championship. The Buckeyes won the Big Ten title with a 27-21 win over previously unbeaten Wisconsin but also were blown out by Iowa 55-24 this season. “I thought Ohio State was going to get in,” Wynn Las Vegas sports book director Johnny Avello said. “They got in last year by not winning their conference. This year, they didn’t get in and they won their conference. I don’t know how they think (on the CFP selection committee). I really don’t. “You can make an argument for Alabama. Alabama’s going to be favored over anybody.” Alabama slight favorite over Clemson The Tigers are the defending national champion and No. 1 team in the country, but they are a slight underdog to Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Alabama is a 1½-point favorite over Clemson, which upset Alabama 35-31 in last season’s national championship to avenge a 45-40 loss to the Tide in the 2016 title game. Clemson covered in both games and blew out Ohio State 31-0 in last season’s national semifinal. “I thought, for sure, they would pick Ohio State,” Westgate sports book manager Ed Salmons said. “You wonder if they kind of said, ‘Alabama-Clemson has been a really good game and Clemson-Ohio State hasn’t been a good game.’ “I don’t know how much influence TV has, but they’ll take Alabama-Clemson all day.” Salmons expects the betting public to back Clemson, which whipped Miami 38-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game. Oklahoma slight favorite over Georgia In the other Jan. 1 semifinal, No. 2 Oklahoma is a 1½-point favorite over No. 3 Georgia in the Rose Bowl after it opened as a 3-point favorite. The Sooners, led by Heisman Trophy favorite Baker Mayfield, won the Big 12 title with a convincing 41-17 win over Texas Christian. The Bulldogs, tied for second in the nation in scoring defense (13.2 ppg), avenged their only loss in a 28-7 win over Auburn in the SEC