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Clemson projected back in the 2021 National Championship

May 31, 2020
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While we seem to be taking steps towards a college football season, The Sporting News laid out their thoughts on what bowl season could look like this year.

The national championship game is set for January 11 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. The Semifinals will be held at the Sugar Bowl and the Rose Bowl on January 1. If Clemson is the No. 1 seed, they will play in New Orleans for the third time since 2018.

There is also a chance that the Tigers could also end in the Rose Bowl, especially if Alabama were to finish the season in the No. 1 spot. In that scenario, as long as Clemson isn’t No. 4, it seems safe to assume the Tigers would make their first appearance in “The Granddaddy of them All.”

The Sporting News projects Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Ohio State in the final four. Based on the setup presented, Clemson is either considered the No. 1 or No. 2 seed with Ohio State possibly playing that role as well.

What we can tell you is that if Ohio State is No. 1, that would most likely place a No. 2 ranked Clemson team in the Sugar Bowl, given the Big 10’s ties to the Rose Bowl.

According to the article, Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma and Ohio State have combined for 17 of 24 total appearances. 

Other notable bowl game projections:

Gasparilla Bowl - Tulsa vs. South Carolina

December 30 - Goodyear Cotton Bowl - Texas vs. Boise State

January 1 - Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl - LSU vs. Notre Dame

January 2 - PlayStation Fiesta Bowl - Georgia vs. Oregon

January 2 - Capital One Orange Bowl - North Carolina vs. Penn State

January 1 - Rose Bowl Game (semifinal) - Ohio State vs. Oklahoma

January 1 - Allstate Sugar Bowl (semifinal) - Clemson vs. Alabama

Bold: Winner

January 11 - 2021 National Championship Game: Clemson vs. Ohio State

College Football Playoff History


Clemson has been in the Top 4 of the College Football Playoff ranking 29 times, the most in the history of the CFB Playoff. Alabama is second with 28 weeks ranked in the Top 4.

CFB Playoff Era National Titles No. 1 No. 2 No. 3 No. 4 Total Weeks Ranked
Clemson

🏆🏆

8 10 7 4 29
Alabama

🏆🏆

18 7 1 2 28
Ohio State

🏆

3 6 4 1 14
Notre Dame

 

0 0 7 3 10
Oklahoma

 

0 1 3 5 9
LSU 🏆 3 4 1 0 8
Michigan 

 

0 0 4 3 7
Florida State

 

0 2 4 1 7
Georgia   0 2 1 4 7
Oregon   0 5 0 1 6
Mississippi State   3 0 0 2 5
Auburn   0 1 2 0 3
Washington   0 0 0 3 3
Iowa   0 0 0 2 2
TCU   0 0 1 1 2
Miami   0 1 1 0 2
Ole Miss   0 0 0 1 1
Michigan State   0 0 1 0 1
Penn State   0 0 0 1 1
Texas A&M   0 0 0 1 1
Wisconsin   0 0 0 1 1

 

2019

Week 1

#1 Ohio State

#2 LSU #3 Alabama

#4 Penn State

Week 2 #1 LSU #2 Ohio State #3 Clemson #4 Georgia
Week 3 #1 LSU #2 Ohio State #3 Clemson #4 Georgia
Week 4 #1 Ohio State #2 LSU #3 Clemson #4 Georgia
Week 5 #1 Ohio State #2 LSU #3 Clemson #4 Georgia

Playoff

#1 LSU

#2 Ohio State

#3 Clemson

#4 Oklahoma

 

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

Playoff

#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

Playoff

#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

Week 5

#1 Alabama

#2 Ohio State  #3 Clemson

#4 Washington  

Playoff

#1 Alabama

#2 Clemson

#3 Ohio State

#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

Playoff

#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

Playoff

#1 Alabama

#2 Oregon

#3 Florida State

#4 Ohio State

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