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'We're Back': Lawrence dials up another College Football Playoff trip

December 20, 2020
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After Clemson dismantled Notre Dame 34-10 yesterday, during his postgame interview, Trevor Lawrence, knowing the Tigers had sealed their record-setting sixth straight trip to the College Football Playoff, said what everyone watching knew, “We’re back. We’re back again,” – oh yeah, and “We’re Ready.” 

The Tigers sure looked ready, mauling the Fighting Irish getting out to a 24-3 lead by halftime.

Lawrence, the best player in college football, put his stamp on the ACC Championship, going 25-36 for 322 yards with two touchdowns and one early interception following a tipped ball. The 6’6 Heisman candidate also rushed for 90 yards on 14 carries with a score showcasing why he’s been considered one of the best players in America since stepping on campus three short seasons ago.

In a surprising move, the No. 2 Tigers will face the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes in New Orleans while No. 1 Alabama will play No. 4 Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl in Dallas.

Clemson has now been ranked in the Top 4 all but once since the first week of rankings back in 2015. The only week they were left out was Week 1 last season. The Tigers have also been ranked in the Top 4 in 34 of the last 35 CFP Playoff releases.

Clemson’s 34 rankings in the Playoff Poll are tops all-time, making them the most prolific program in the CFB Playoff Era's history with six consecutive trips to the playoff under their belt, along with winning two national titles in that time.

Alabama is second all-time with 33 weeks ranked in the CFB Playoff poll, dating back to 2014. However, the Crimson Tide has been ranked No. 1 in the CFB Playoff rankings more than every other college football team combined with 23 weeks at the top.

The College Football Playoff matches the No. 1 ranked team vs. No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in semifinal games that rotate annually among six bowl games – the Goodyear Cotton Bowl, PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl, and Rose Bowl Game.

This season's Playoff Semifinals will take place Friday, January 1, 2021, at the Rose Bowl Game, which will be played in Dallas this year, and the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.

The College Football Playoff National Championship will be Monday, January 11, 2021, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

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

🏆🏆

8 11 11 4 34
Alabama

🏆🏆

23 7 1 2 33
Ohio State

🏆

3 5 5 5 18
Notre Dame

 

0 4 7 4 15
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

 

ALL-TIME COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF APPEARANCES
Team Total
Appearances
Overall
Wins
Overall
Losses
Pct. Playoff
Semifinals
National
Championship Game
Alabama 9 6 3 0.666 4-1 2-2
Clemson 9 6 3 0.666 4-1 2-2
Ohio State 4 2 2 0.500 1-2 1-0
Oklahoma 4 0 4 0.000 0-4 0-0
LSU 2 2 0 1.000 1-0 1-0
Oregon 2 1 1 0.500 1-0 0-1
Georgia 2 1 1 0.500 1-0 0-1
Notre Dame 1 0 1 0.000 0-1 0-0
Florida State 1 0 1 0.000 0-1 0-0
Michigan State 1 0 1 0.000 0-1 0-0
Washington 1 0 1 0.000 0-1 0-0

 

2020

Week 1

#1 Alabama #2 Notre Dame #3 Clemson #4 Ohio State
Week 2 #1 Alabama #2 Notre Dame #3 Clemson #4 Ohio State
Week 3 #1 Alabama #2 Notre Dame #3 Clemson #4 Ohio State
Week 4 #1 Alabama #2 Notre Dame #3 Clemson #4 Ohio State
Playoff #1 Alabama #2 Clemson #3 Ohio State #4 Notre Dame
Semifinals

Rose Bowl (in Dallas)

No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Notre Dame

Sugar Bowl

No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Ohio State

Championship  
🏆  

 

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

No. 4 Oklahoma

Semifinals No. 1 LSU 63,
No. 4 Oklahoma 28
No. 3 Clemson 29,
No. 2 Ohio State 23
Championship No. 1 LSU 42,
No. 3 Clemson 25
🏆 LSU Tigers (15-0)

 

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

Semifinals No. 1 Alabama 45,
No. 4 Oklahoma 34
No. 2 Clemson 30,
No. 3 Notre Dame 3
Championship No. 2 Clemson 44,
No. 1 Alabama 16
🏆 Clemson Tigers (15-0)

 

 

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

Semifinals No. 4 Alabama 24,
No. 1 Clemson 6
No. 3 Georgia 54,
No. 2 Oklahoma 48 (2OT)
Championship No. 4 Alabama 26,
No. 3 Georgia 23 (OT)
🏆 Alabama Crimson Tide (13-1)

 

 

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

Semifinals No. 1 Alabama 24,
No. 4 Washington 7
No. 2 Clemson 31,
No. 3 Ohio State 0
Championship No. 2 Clemson 35,
No. 1 Alabama 31
🏆 Clemson Tigers (14-1)

 

 

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

Semifinals No. 1 Clemson 37
No. 4 Oklahoma 17
No. 2 Alabama 38,
No. 3 Michigan State 0
Championship No. 2 Alabama 45,
No. 1 Clemson 40
🏆 Alabama Crimson Tide (14-1)

 

 

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

Semifinals No. 4 Ohio State 42,
No. 1 Alabama 35
No. 2 Oregon 59,
No. 3 Florida State 20
Championship No. 4 Ohio State 42,
No. 2 Oregon 20
🏆 Ohio State Buckeyes (14-1)

 

If the College Football Playoff started today

#1 Alabama (11-0) vs. #4 Notre Dame (10-1)

#2 Clemson (10-1) vs #3 Ohio State (6-0) 

Outside looking in:

No. 5 Texas A&M (8-1)

No. 6 Oklahoma (8-2)

No. 7 Florida (8-3)

No. 8 Cincinnati (9-0)

No. 9 Georgia (7-2)

No. 10 Iowa State (8-3)

No. 11 Indiana (6-1)

No. 12 Coastal Carolina (11-0)

No. 13 North Carolina (8-3)

No. 14 Northwestern (6-2)

No. 15 Iowa (6-2)

No. 16 BYU (10-1)

No. 17 USC (5-1)

No. 18 Miami (FL) (8-2)

No. 19 Louisiana (9-1)

No. 20 Texas (6-3)

No. 21 Oklahoma State (7-3)

No. 22 San Jose State (7-0)

No. 23 NC State (8-3)

No. 24 Tulsa (6-2)

No. 25 Oregon (4-2)

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