Oklahoma is in: Sooners snag 4th spot in playoff semifinals

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"I think it's meant to be a national event and I suppose if we got to the point where we felt like there were regional elements of it that were a concern, that would be something we spend some time talking about".

MI finished seventh in the College Football Playoff rankings and qualified for a New Year's Six bowl game. The game kicks off at 6 p.m., and is televised on ESPN. The Irish last played for the championship at the end of the 2012 season, when they lost to Alabama 42-14 in the BCS national championship game on January 7, 2013.

This is Clemson's fourth consecutive College Football Playoff berth. A year ago, he spearheaded UCF's "national title" push after the Knights finished an unbeaten season and were left out of the four-team playoff. "If that does not occur, I think that's another pretty glaring example a four-team playoff is not adequate for the postseason". "Offensively they have all the weapons, but defensively they have those as well". The Blazers are in only their second season back after the university discontinued the football program for 2 years. It's something we're going to have to wait out and see what happens.

Notre Dame did not play this weekend as the Irish finished the regular season with a 24-17 win at Southern Cal on November 24.

But, Notre Dame's Ian Book is a different breed compared to Kenny Pickett.

Fields took the snap but was unable to find a receiver and was stopped after a run for only 2 yards - far short of the yardage needed for the Bulldogs to keep the ball.

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Over the season, Lawrence threw for 24 touchdowns with just four interceptions, while Book threw for 19 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Clemson and Notre Dame. "So I don't think there should be too much rejoicing right now". Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, who replaced injured starter Tua Tagovailoa, led a five-play, 52-yard touchdown drive to give Alabama the lead for good. So looking forward to spending some time in Dallas and meeting everyone there.

Irish head coach Brian Kelly stands in the tunnel prior to Notre Dame's 44-22 victory over Navy on October 27 at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego. The last time the Irish and the Tigers met was in 2015, when the then-undefeated Irish travelled to SC to take on Clemson.

In the first of two articles, BGI takes a look at how the Clemson offensive starters and key rotation players have graded out this year, according to Pro Football Focus.

"We had an epic battle in a hurricane, so we won't have to worry about that", Swinney said. "We'll have a great challenge but one that we're excited about", Kelly said.

-Alabama (13-0) will face Oklahoma (12-1) in the Orange Bowl Saturday, December 29th.