Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Oklahoma to clash in College Football Playoff

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

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

Alabama and Clemson opened as double-digit favorites in their respective semifinal games against Oklahoma and Notre Dame.

Oddsmakers believe this is the most lopsided College Football Playoff yet. The Bulldogs dropped from No. 4 to No. 5 after squandering a 14-point lead to top-ranked Alabama in the SEC Championship.

Each of these four teams is now looking toward the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl on December 29, as Alabama will face Oklahoma in Miami while Clemson and Notre Dame square off in Dallas.

On Saturday, Clemson's Travis Etienne ran for 156 yards and two touchdowns, Trevor Lawrence threw two short scoring passes and the Tigers beat Pitt 42-10 to become the first team to win four straight Atlantic Coast Conference championship games.

This is the second time that the Orange Bowl has been the site of a CFP semifinal.

"Clemson is the best football team we have faced this season and they will probably win a national championship in my opinion", Narduzzi said.

After examining the bodies of work for Oklahoma, Ohio State and Georgia, the committee decided that none of the three teams was "unequivocally better" than the other, selection committee chairman and University of OR athletic director Rob Mullens told ESPN.

The debate leading up to championship Saturday was whether Oklahoma or Ohio State might take the fourth spot if Alabama beat Georgia.

By falling to Alabama, Georgia recorded its second loss, making it tough for the selection committee to include the Dawgs over teams with one loss and championships in a Power Five conference. The national championship game is January 7 in Santa Clara, California.

"Alabama has been so dominant on the field that we were just looking for someone to stand up to them and show that these guys are beatable", Salmons said of the line movement toward Clemson on Sunday.

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

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