Alabama Crimson Tide

Chris Petersen the playoff rookie among final four coaches

Chris Petersen chatted up Nick Saban while they waited to pose with the championship trophy, looking for any bit of insight that might help the College Football Playoff's rookie coach.

No such luck.

"You know," Petersen said, breaking into a grin, "he's pretty tight-lipped."

The four playoff coaches were all together Thursday for a nationally televised awards show at the College Football Hall of Fame, not far from the stadium where Petersen's Washington Huskies will face Saban's defending national champions, the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, in the Peach Bowl semifinal game on New Year's Eve.

The other semifinal matches Ohio State,...