Friday, 14 December, 2018

Clemson in 4th playoff draws Notre Dame in Cotton Bowl

Oklahoma snags 4th spot in football playoff semifinals Georgia believes they are still a playoff team
Jennie Wade | 05 December, 2018, 04:51

"But our initial goal is to win the national championship, and we haven't done that". Now we've got to go accomplish something.

Oklahoma captured the last spot in the College Football Playoff on the heels of Georgia's loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game.

The Sooners in the playoff will make things very interesting. 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.

On the other side of the bracket, the Clemson Tigers will take on Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl.

The semifinal games will both be played on December 29, with the winners meeting in the national championship on January 7 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The selection committee ranked the Bulldogs fifth, one spot ahead of Big Ten champion Ohio State (12-1).

The fake ended with a flop, and exactly 2 minutes later the Crimson Tide took their first lead, completing a comeback from a two-touchdown deficit for a 35-28 win in the Southeastern Conference championship game.

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"Experience is great, for sure, but we have to play well", Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said in a conference call. Mullens said the committee determined none of Oklahoma, Georgia and Ohio State was unequivocally best and that brought the selection protocol into play. The game, played in a hurricane, ended in a 24-22 loss for Notre Dame. The strengths of record were nearly equal between Georgia and Oklahoma, and Oklahoma earned a conference championship to boot, a very important distinction in the committee's eyes. Oklahoma avenged its only loss, 48-45 to No. 15 Texas, with an impressive 39-27 victory in the Big 12 title game.

Clemson didn't make the first playoff in 2014, but has been in every year since. Sure, it would still likely be Alabama and Clemson in the end, but television executives will tell you that once fans become engaged with a playoff they are more likely to stick around after their teams are out.

Clemson is getting a playoff first-timer and an unfamiliar stadium for its fourth consecutive College Football Playoff appearance. Unbeaten UCF finished eighth in the final rankings, nowhere to be found in the committee's playoff discussion.

Bowl season in our state will have a decidedly southern feel.

Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart defended the play, but it turned out to change the momentum of the contest.

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