Oklahoma jumped to No. 4 to grab the last playoff spot, leaping two-loss Georgia, who fell in close fashion to Alabama in the SEC championship, while one-loss Big Ten champion Ohio State was also shut out of the playoff. 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.
Alabama is making its fifth consecutive appearance in the College Football Playoff while ACC champion Clemson will make its fourth straight. "It's hard to be there". Notre Dame's Dexter Williams will have to be at his best for the undefeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish to hang with the No. 2 ranked team in the nation. "And we had a way to check out of it, but we took too long to get it snapped".
No. 3 Notre Dame vs. Top-ranked Alabama will face number-four Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl while second-ranked Clemson battles number-three Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl. The stadium seats 80,000, making it the fourth-largest National Football League stadium, and features an iconic video screen that spans 60 yards along the middle of the field.
Notre Dame's defense is what will keep the Irish in the game.
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"That's what Notre Dame is all about", graduate student offensive lineman Sam Mustipher said. I think coach Kelly is the coach of the year.
"This was the kind of debate we wanted when we created the playoff", Hancock said.
Even after Frost left for his alma mater, Nebraska, he continued the conversation in the offseason, though he did express he wanted an eight-team playoff and said he had a hard time backing UCF's national title claim if he had stayed at the Orlando school. "They're athletic. Great D-ends. You've got to be really sharp for two weeks". "Clemson made a couple more plays in that game".
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The Tigers lead the all-time series 2-1, winning the most recent meeting 24-22 in 2015 with the other games in 1977 and '79.
"To play one of the undefeateds in Notre Dame, one of the best programs in college football history, it's a special opportunity", Swinney said.
This time, the Irish are taking nothing for granted.
This year, not only are there two major conference champions with one loss, but Georgia itself has two losses.
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