Oklahoma No. 4 behind Alabama, Clemson, Irish


Clemson played Notre Dame during a hurricane on the way to its first College Football Playoff appearance.

When they play again for a spot in the national championship game, there will be no concerns about the weather.

The semifinal winners play in the national championship game January 7 in Santa Clara, California. The committee now needs to decide the fourth spot which will likely come down to Georgia 11-2, Oklahoma 12-1 or Ohio State 12-1. That year, Head Coach Jess Neely's Tigers completed a 9-1 campaign in 1939 with a 6-3 victory against Boston College in the 1940 Cotton Bowl.

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Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on in the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. We'll have a great challenge but one that we're excited about, " Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. The Irish played there in 2013 and defeated No. 22 Arizona State 37-34 in the Shamrock Series. Louisiana State's quarterback, Joe Burrow, who threw for 200 yards against Georgia, had transferred from Ohio State. "Do you want the four best teams in or not?"

Mullens said there was "strong debate, even division in the room". But they still have favor in the eyes of the College Football Playoff rankings committee. Its most recent national title was in 1988. The Bulldogs lost a dramatic Southeastern Conference championship game to Alabama on Saturday while the Buckeyes won the Big Ten championship. Alabama has played in them all.

Notre Dame-Clemson will kick off shortly after 4 p.m. while the Crimson Tide and Sooners will follow at 8 p.m.