ESPN Releases Its Prediction For Clemson-Notre Dame

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Notre Dame is in the playoff and will play No. 2 Clemson in the Cotton Bowl on December 29.

Kelly and his players understand that this matchup will require their complete execution, taking on a formidable opponent in Clemson. 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. "So we went with the one-loss conference champion".

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. It was announced that Clemson would be playing Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl for a chance to advance to the National Championship. The Tigers clinched the ACC championship for the fourth consecutive time on Saturday, becoming the first team in ACC history to win four consecutive outright titles.

"I think they deserve that No. 3 spot, and the game against Clemson should be a dog fight".

Several of Notre Dame's commits offered their thoughts on the playoff selection and the matchup with the Tigers and you can read them below. Dabo has done an incredible job of building a consistent, elite football team year in and year out.

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It's not just that both major-college programs are headed south for bowl games, Oklahoma to the national semifinal at the Orange Bowl in Miami and Oklahoma State to the Liberty Bowl in Memphis. Go with the team that didn't get blown out.

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. "Ian Book dropping dimes like always".

Instead, Georgia was placed ahead of Ohio State because they had good wins (over teams that lost 38-17 to Mizzou and 24-7 to Tennessee) and a close loss to Alabama.

# On merit, Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame were obvious playoff selections. The two teams last met in the 2014 Sugar Bowl where the Sooners beat the Crimson Tide 45-31.

"We had an epic battle in a hurricane, so we won't have to worry about that", Swinney said. The game - played in Arlington, Texas, at AT&T Stadium - will determine who faces off against the victor of Alabama and Oklahoma, who will play on the same day in Miami in the Orange Bowl.

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