Notre Dame makes College Football Playoff

05 December, 2018, 04:49 | Author: Marlene Myers
  • Oklahoma is in Sooners snag 4th spot in playoff semifinals

Dabo Swinney has been in college football for a long time and he's never been to the Cotton Bowl, while Clemson hasn't played in one of the sport's most iconic bowl games in 79 years.

No. 1 Alabama vs.

The Sooners in the playoff will make things very interesting.

This will be only the fourth meeting between Clemson and Notre Dame, the first in a bowl game.

Clemson didn't make the first playoff in 2014, but has been in every year since.

We now know where the Tigers will play, as well as who the opponent will be in the CFP. This year, Ohio State is again in the mix as the second team out, but they're joined by Georgia fans as the Bulldogs came in at No. 5 in the final rankings. Defending national champion Alabama has played in them all.

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Bowl season in our state will have a decidedly southern feel. The Irish last played for the championship at the end of the 2012 season, when they lost to Alabama 42-14 in the BCS national championship game on January 7, 2013.

The debate leading up to championship Saturday was whether Oklahoma or Ohio State would take the fourth spot if Alabama beat Georgia. Saban, of course, endorsed his former defensive coordinator and conference-mate. The Bulldogs had their shot when they had a 14-point lead over the Crimson Tide in the third quarter on Saturday, but they blew it. Championship teams hold the leads they need to hold and win the games they need to win.

When UCF went undefeated in the 2017-18 college football season, capping it with a Peach Bowl victory over Auburn, then-head coach Scott Frost backed the Knights for deserving a shot at the College Football Playoff.

For the second straight season, two of the Power Five conferences were left out and for the second straight season it was the Big Ten and Pac-12. Ohio State was doomed when it got blown out by an average Purdue team.

While there is more parity than ever in college football's middle and even upper-middle class, the national championship race is still reserved for a select few. "It's a good football team from the front end to the back end as far as the talent they've got". Georgia had its shot at Alabama this weekend and blew a two touchdown lead, and the Bulldogs also have a 20-point loss to LSU on their resume. The secondary did look a lot better against the Panthers, though, as they only gave up eight passing yards the entire game.

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