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Clemson secures No. 2 seed, will face No. 3 Notre Dame in Cotton Bowl

December 2, 2018
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The College Football Playoff will feature an Orange Bowl matchup between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Oklahoma while No. 2 Clemson will face No. 3 Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl on December 29, kickoff is set for 4:00. 

It will be Clemson’s first visit to the Cotton Bowl since 1940, the program’s first-ever bowl bid when the Tigers knocked off Boston College 6-3. That year, Head Coach Jess Neely’s Tigers completed a 9-1 campaign. The victory was a landmark one for Clemson, as in addition to being the program’s first bowl game, it represented the school’s first win against a Top 20 team.

The Tigers opened as 11.5-point favorites over Notre Dame while Alabama enters as a 14-point favorite over Oklahoma.

Coming off of their 42-10 win over Pitt, Clemson secured their fourth consecutive trip to the playoff. The Tigers have faced Alabama each of the last three seasons and would hook up with the Crimson Tide again if both teams advance to the championship game held in Santa Clara, California on January 7th.

Georgia dropped just one spot after losing to Alabama in the SEC Championship yesterday, but the 11-2 Bulldogs stayed ahead of a one-loss Big 10 Champion Ohio State team.

Dabo Swinney joined the selection show and said the Tigers worked hard to get back in the College Football Playoff.

“We are just excited to be in the playoffs. This is what we work for all year long. This is a big deal. We are ready to go to Dallas. I’ve never been to the Cotton Bowl. I’m looking forward to it.

As for facing Notre Dame, Swinney noted that they have seen the Fighting Irish on film several times.

“We’ve had a couple of common opponents. Had a chance to study them a little bit getting ready for Pitt. We are looking forward to a great matchup. We have an unbelievable amount of respect for them.

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Before the interview was done, Swinney popped on a cowboy hat in honor of heading out west.

“Every year is a new journey. Nothing carries over, you have to prove it and earn it every year. Even if we would have gotten beat last night, we would have been here to celebrate our year.”

 

2018

Week 1: #1 Alabama, #2 Clemson, #3 LSU, #4 Notre Dame

Week 2: #1 Alabama, #2 Clemson, #3 Notre Dame, #4 Michigan

Week 3: #1 Alabama, #2 Clemson, #3 Notre Dame, #4 Michigan

Week 4: #1 Alabama, #2 Clemson, #3 Notre Dame, #4 Michigan

Week 5: #1 Alabama, #2 Clemson, #3 Notre Dame, #4 Georgia

Selection Day: #1 Alabama, #2 Clemson, #3 Notre Dame, #4 Oklahoma

2017

Week 1: #1 Georgia, #2 Alabama, #3 Notre Dame, #4 Clemson

Week 2: #1 Georgia, #2 Alabama, #3 Notre Dame, #4 Clemson

Week 3: #1 Alabama, #2 Clemson, #3 Miami, #4 Oklahoma

Week 4: #1 Alabama, #2 Miami, #3 Clemson, #4 Oklahoma

Week 5: #1 Clemson, #2 Auburn, #3 Oklahoma, #4 Wisconsin

Selection Day: #1 Clemson, #2 Oklahoma, #3 Georgia, #4 Alabama 

2016

Week 1: #1 Alabama, #2 Clemson, #3 Michigan, #4 Texas A&M

Week 2:#1 Alabama, #2 Clemson, #3 Michigan, #4 Washington

Week 3: #1 Alabama, #2 Ohio State, #3 Michigan, #4 Clemson

Week 4: #1 Alabama, #2 Ohio State, #3 Michigan, #4 Clemson

Selection Day: #1 Alabama, #2 Ohio State, #3 Clemson, #4 Washington

2015

Week 1: #1 Clemson, #2 LSU, #3 Ohio State, #4 Alabama

Week 2: #1 Clemson, #2 Alabama, #3 Ohio State, #4 Notre Dame 

Week 3: #1 Clemson, #2 Alabama, #3 Ohio State, #4 Notre Dame 

Week 4: #1 Clemson, #2 Alabama, #3 Oklahoma, #4 Iowa  

Week 5: #1 Clemson, #2 Alabama, #3 Oklahoma, #4 Iowa  

Selection Day: #1 Clemson, #2 Alabama, #3 Michigan State, #4 Oklahoma

2014

Week 1: #1 Mississippi State, #2 Florida State, #3 Auburn, #4 Ole Miss

Week 2: #1 Mississippi State, #2 Florida State, #3 Auburn, #4 Oregon

Week 3: #1 Mississippi State, #2 Oregon, #3 Florida State, #4 TCU

Week 4: #1 Alabama, #2 Oregon, #3 Florida State, #4 Mississippi State

Week 5: #1 Alabama, #2 Oregon, #3 Florida State, #4 Mississippi State

Week 6: #1 Alabama, #2 Oregon, #3 TCU, #4 Florida State

Selection Day: #1 Alabama, #2 Oregon, #3 Florida State, #4 Ohio State

College Football Playoff Rankings

#1 Alabama (13-0) vs  #4 Oklahoma (12-1)

#2 Clemson (13-0) vs #3 Notre Dame (12-0)

Outside looking in:

5. Georgia (11-2)
6. Ohio State (12-1)

**Thanks to IrishSportsDaily.com for the Cotton Bowl graphic.
 

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