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Tide to battle Sooners in CFP semifinals

05 December, 2018, 04:45 | Author: Drew Briggs
  • Oklahoma snags 4th spot in football playoff semifinals

Notre Dame is vying for its first national title since 1988. "We've got to live with it", Narduzzi said.

"I feel like we have a team worthy of it, a team that can go make a run", Sooners coach Lincoln Riley said on ESPN.

The next step to that goal comes December 29, when the third-ranked Irish (12-0) play second-ranked Clemson (13-0) in a CFP semifinal in the Cotton Bowl. The winners will meet on January 7 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

The Cotton Bowl berth brings Clemson's bowl history full circle, The game will be only the Tigers' second all-time appearance in the Cotton Bowl, dating back to the program's first ever bowl bid.

The weighty decision was Oklahoma (12-1), Georgia (11-2) or Ohio State (12-1) for the final spot, and the committee got it right with the Sooners.

"Clemson is the best football team we've played so far to this point".

"As we considered three teams for the No. 4 slot, the committee did not believe that any one team was unequivocally better than the next", Mullens explained. "The people in this building, you know, we play for each other, and there's going to be doubters every day". The strengths of record were nearly equal between Georgia and Oklahoma, and Oklahoma earned a conference championship to boot, a very important distinction in the committee's eyes.

Once again despite an undefeated season, the Knights of Central Florida are the only team without a loss on their 2018 schedule, plus a win in their conference championship game not to be headed to the College Football Playoffs.

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Oklahoma is making its third appearance in the five-year-old playoff.

For most of the game, Georgia played perfectly, capitalizing on every Alabama miscue and almost landing several knockout blows.

The first matchup in this 16-team College Football Playoff bracket pits the Alabama Crimson Tide against the West Virginia Mountaineers. The bowl last served as a semifinal three years ago, when Alabama beat Michigan State 38-0.

Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart defended the play, but it turned out to change the momentum of the contest. Saban, of course, endorsed his former defensive coordinator and conference-mate. Despite sporting the nation's longest winning streak and two American Athletic Conference titles they are settling for a New Year's Six Bowl.

For the second straight season, two Power Five conferences were left out of the playoff. The Buckeyes were blown out by Purdue in October, similar to the way they lost at Iowa in 2017.

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Washington: LB Ben Burr-Kirven averaged almost 13 tackles per game for the Pac-12's stingiest defense. Most of all, Georgia is a two-loss team, while Oklahoma only lost once. Alabama is favored by 14 points over Oklahoma, according to OddsShark.

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