Clemson in 4th playoff draws Notre Dame in Cotton Bowl

Big 12 champs Oklahoma found their way into the Playoff instead, moving from fifth to fourth and setting up a date with Alabama in the Orange Bowl. Last year, Georgia's first postseason game came against the Oklahoma Sooners in a College Football Playoff Semifinal game that took place in the Rose Bowl. The big debate over the last 24 hours was between the Sooners, Georgia and Big Ten champion Ohio State, but the committee ultimately ruled in favor of the Big 12 champs.

MI may not have finished the season as it would have liked, having lost the regular season finale with a lopsided loss to arch rival Ohio State.

Washington: LB Ben Burr-Kirven averaged almost 13 tackles per game for the Pac-12's stingiest defense.

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.

Notre Dame has its first undefeated regular season since 2012 when the Irish were 12-0 before losing 42-14 to Alabama in the BCS national championship game.

Clemson didn't make the first playoff in 2014, but has been in every year since. They were ranked over No. 6 Ohio State. Oklahoma is making its third appearance in the 5-year-old playoff.

Alabama, as the top seed, has the right to home-field advantage, and indicated that it did not wish to play Oklahoma at the Dallas Cowboys' stadium, a few hours down Interstate-35 from its campus in Norman, according to ESPN, the network that broadcasts the playoff. "So we went with the one-loss conference champion". And Alabama, the dominant dynasty of its era, has never missed it.

  • Stacy Allen