College Football Playoff semifinals best bets

04 December, 2018, 15:54 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame separated from the pack by going undefeated.

Ohio State finished sixth in the race for four playoff spots after winning the Big Ten title for the third time in five years, trouncing Northwestern 45-24 on Saturday night.

A second chance for #21 Fresno State to take down #25 Boise State was all they needed as they took home the Mountain West Conference championship with a 19-16 overtime win.

"I think they deserve that No. 3 spot, and the game against Clemson should be a dog fight". "It was an awesome game". Both teams have been powerhouses for years, with this season being no different. They were an wonderful opponent. "Do you want the four best teams in or not?" In total, it will be Clemson's 43rd bowl appearance, with the Tigers entering their upcoming bowl schedule with an existing 22-20 all-time record in bowl play.

The Fighting Irish have played at AT&T Stadium once, beating Arizona State 37-34 in October 2013.

"[We're] really excited about our ability to continue to this journey on, being invited as one of the four teams in the College Football Playoff", Irish head coach Brian Kelly said.

Virginia (7-5) will make its first consecutive bowl appearance since 2004-05 when it faces SC (7-5) in the Belk Bowl on December 29 at noon in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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"They've been a model of consistency".

Although he was injured in the SEC Championship game against Georgia, Tagavailoa is expected to be ready for this game. Go with the team that avoided getting blown out. We did what we've had to do when there are opponents in front of us, and I've voiced that to the rest of the team as well. "I've been in college football for a long time, and I've never had the opportunity to experience the Cotton Bowl, but know a lot of people who had and said what a great experience it is".

Notre Dame's defense is what will keep the Irish in the game.

Clemson didn't make the first playoff in 2014, but has been in every year since.

Alabama is ranked 2nd in the nation in defensive efficiency, while the Sooners are ranked 91st.

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.

Heading into championship week, the chatter among college football enthusiasts focused on whether the Alabama Crimson Tide would advance to the CFP if it fell to Georgia (11-2) in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game. The winners will meet on January 7 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The other matchup will see No. 2 Clemson take on No. 3 Notre Dame.

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