Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Back to the Playoff! Clemson learns CFP opponent, destination

Back to the Playoff! Clemson learns CFP opponent, destination

Bowden went 1-11 in his first season at Akron and finished 35-52, going 23-33 record in Mid-American Conference play. They were an fantastic opponent. We can tell you the model is leaning under for both games, but it has also locked in strong against-the-spread picks that are hitting in more than 60 percent of simulations.

CBS announced Sunday the game drew a 10.52 rating, an increase of 25 percent over last year's SEC title game between Auburn and Georgia and the best rating for any non-bowl game since LSU and Alabama played a No. 1 vs. The Cotton Bowl is played at AT&T Stadium, which has a retractable roof. No, the independent Fighting Irish did not play a conference title game, but unlike Alabama, Clemson and fellow CFP contender Georgia, they did not play a Championship Subdivision opponent during the regular season.

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

"But just having a chance to compete against a great team and again on a great stage and representing Clemson the very best we can".

"They have been a model of consistency".

The guardians of the postseason insist this is not a problem, but a desire to engage more fans in more parts of the country is one of the reasons playoff expansion is inevitable. Dabo has done an incredible job of building a consistent, elite football team year in and year out. "So we're certainly excited for the challenge that's in front of us". In National Championship matchups they are 6-1, with their only loss coming to Clemson in 2017. The bowl last served as a semifinal three years ago, when Alabama beat Michigan State 38-0.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney raises the trophy after Clemson won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship NCAA college football game against Pittsburgh in Charlotte N.C. Saturday Dec. 1 2018

On the other side of the bracket, the Clemson Tigers will take on Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl. The Irish are 5-2 in Cotton Bowl games.

Oklahoma is in the College Football Playoff, moving into the fourth and final spot in the rankings after winning the Big 12 championship. The national championship game is January 7 in Santa Clara, California.

The College Football Playoff field is set thanks to a conference championship week that left viewers on the edge of their seat in anticipation for the final CFP revealings.

Jesse Palmer: "The fact [Clemson] got here with a true freshman quarterback is one of the greatest stories in my 12 years covering college football at ESPN".

In the first of two articles, BGI takes a look at how the Clemson offensive starters and key rotation players have graded out this year, according to Pro Football Focus.

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