Published: Tue, December 04, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Clemson in 4th playoff draws Notre Dame in Cotton Bowl

Clemson in 4th playoff draws Notre Dame in Cotton Bowl

No. 1 seed Alabama (13-0) will face No. 4 seed Oklahoma (12-1) in the other semifinal at the Orange Bowl in Miami. When you look back two years ago at the rematch between the Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide, it was an absolute thriller in Tampa.

These two East Coast cities have hosted some of the best National Championship Games that we've seen. "It's incredible what they've done with the schedule that they've played", Swinney said. Dabo has done an incredible job of building a consistent, elite football team year in and year out.

While Notre Dame is the first independent team to make the playoff, the Irish went undefeated with 10 wins over Power Five teams.

Gathering in the Isban Auditorium in the Guglielmino Athletics Complex just past noon on Sunday, the Notre Dame football team celebrated its first-ever College Football Playoff bid after the selection committee announced the Irish (12-0) will be taking on No. 2 Clemson (13-0, 8-0 ACC) on December 29 in the Cotton Bowl with the victor advancing to the national championship. "So we're certainly excited for the challenge that's in front of us".

Notre Dame last played in the Cotton Bowl on New Year's Day 1994, beating Texas A&M when the game was still in its namesake stadium about 20 miles away at the site of the State Fair of Texas.

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The Blue Devils are 5-8 all-time in bowl games.

The Irish were off Saturday when the Tigers were beating Pittsburgh 42-10 to win their fourth consecutive ACC championship game exactly 10 years after Swinney was hired as their coach.

ESPN announced the game times for the December 29 playoff semifinals Sunday afternoon and the Tigers (13-0) will take on No. 3 Notre Dame (12-0) at 4 p.m. on ESPN. The Sooners, in their third playoff, won the Big 12 championship over Texas on Saturday at AT&T Stadium. The Irish played there in 2013 and defeated No. 22 Arizona State 37-34 in the Shamrock Series. The stadium seats 80,000, making it the fourth-largest National Football League stadium, and features an iconic video screen that spans 60 yards along the middle of the field. "And, again, it will be similar, right?"

Although Notre Dame is no newcomer to national television with its NBC coverage and bowl game history, for numerous players, this game is the fulfillment of all their dreams. NC State got their wish with a bowl game that will conjure up great memories.

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