Oklahoma is in: Sooners snag 4th spot in playoff semifinals

Lincoln Riley

For most of the game, Georgia played perfectly, capitalizing on every Alabama miscue and almost landing several knockout blows. The Cotton Bowl is played at AT&T Stadium, which has a retractable roof.

The Fighting Irish are the only CFP first-timers this season, and just the 10th school to reach the four-team playoff in five seasons.

Narduzzi told his team after the game that there was no shame in losing to Clemson.

"They have been a model of consistency". Visit SportsLine now to see which sides of the spread are cashing in over 60 percent of simulations, all from the advanced computer model that's up more than $4,200 on its top-rated spread picks the past three years. 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. They want to win a national championship. The Knights will put their 25-game winning streak on the line against another SEC team after beating Auburn in the Peach Bowl last season. 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.

In the other semifinal, No. 2 Clemson (13-0) and No. 3 Notre Dame (12-0) will square off in the Cotton Bowl on December 29.

Oklahoma: The Sooners are in the playoff for the third time, and looking for their first win.

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After an exhilarating Championship Weekend that nearly saw Alabama suffer their first loss of the season in the SEC title game, the Crimson Tide are once again the top seed heading into the playoff and will face the Oklahoma Sooners in the semifinal at the Orange Bowl. The Sooners may be lacking on defense but their offense is historically good, and they avenged their only loss against Texas in the Big 12 title game. Location, location, location. This year's championship game is at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on January 7.

Nine Big Ten teams will also play in bowl games, including three on New Year's Day. The Tigers won in 1979 and again in 2015 when Deshaun Watson threw two TDs and ran for another score.

This year, not only are there two major conference champions with one loss, but Georgia itself has two losses.

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".

This will be only the fourth meeting between Clemson and Notre Dame, the first in a bowl game.

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