Notre Dame makes College Football Playoff

Clemson is getting a playoff first-timer and an unfamiliar stadium for its fourth consecutive College Football Playoff appearance.

We'll know before 1PM if Georgia is joining the playoff party or not.

At the season's end, it seemed clear that the Irish were a lock to make the final four of the College Football Playoff rankings. The Bulldogs lost to Alabama in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday while the Buckeyes won the Big Ten championship against Northwestern. "This is what we worked for all year long". Go with the team that avoided getting blown out. We played in a hurricane, literally a hurricane.

The national championship game will be played January 7 in Santa Clara, Calif.

Here are the key takeaways from this past week in college football.

This year, not only are there two major conference champions with one loss, but Georgia itself has two losses. "Do you want the four best teams in or not?"

Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame are unbeaten locks. "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. Every time we go against a school with seemingly superior athletes on paper, we haven't fared well. "Our guys are excited about the opportunity".

"There's always going to be doubters, and that's something our team doesn't focus on", Irish junior quarterback Ian Book said. Tua Tagovailoa and Kyler Murray are the top two Heisman candidates this season.

David Pollack: "Notre Dame lacks the elite, echelon playmakers". I think coach Kelly is the coach of the year.

We'll be breaking down other areas of this matchup and looking deeper into the game as it approaches here in the next few weeks.

This will be only the fourth meeting between Clemson and Notre Dame, the first in a bowl game.

The Irish and Tigers have met three times before, with Clemson winning the last match-up 24-22 in 2015.

Clemson has never played in the Cotton Bowl, or at the home stadium of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys. "We won't have to worry about that. 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. No. 3 Notre Dame: With a combined 25-0 record, Clemson and Notre Dame have yet to see defeat in 2018.

Vanessa Coleman