The Sooners (12-1) will face No. 1 Alabama (13-0) in the Orange Bowl on December 29 and No. 2 Clemson (13-0) plays No. 3 Notre Dame (12-0) in the Cotton Bowl on the same day. "Clemson made a couple more plays in that game". "We'll have a great challenge but one that we're excited about", Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said.
"Obviously, we spent some time talking about UCF", Mullens said of the Knights, who own a 25-game win streak but don't play in a Power 5 conference.
"Experience is great, for sure, but we have to play well", Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said in a conference call.
The 13-0 Tigers will face 12-0 Notre Dame with a spot in the national championship game on the line. Eight teams rather than four would add just one more game to the two finalists schedule and would add one more week to the season.
Last year and every year since the current system was put in place four years ago, many fans and media members alike have been advocating for an expanded format. First round games could be played at the home field of the higher seeded teams, with the semi finals taking place as scheduled on December 29th in Arlington, Texas and Miami, Florida. 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. Go with the team that didn't get blown out.
Bowl season in our state will have a decidedly southern feel. The Irish are led by quarterback Ian Book. I think coach Kelly is the coach of the year.
Notre Dame (13-0) will be making its first CFP appearance.
"All they did was punch their ticket into the opportunity in the playoffs to win a national championship, so now it's go time".
While Clemson has been a mainstay in the College Football Playoffs, Notre Dame hasn't had title hopes since their 2012-2013 season.
That's a problem - and it may be leading to a fourth precedent that says, "We're just gonna do whatever the hell we want".