Notre Dame in College Football Playoff as Texas A&M, Cincinnati snubbed
The four teams that will play in the College Football Playoff have been revealed, causing some controversy among fans. Despite losing in lopsided fashion to Clemson on Saturday, Notre Dame was selected to the College Football Playoff, snubbing Texas A&M and Cincinnati.
Ahead of Saturday’s slate of games, the top four teams were Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, and Ohio State. While the top four teams remained the same on Sunday, the Fighting Irish are now the fourth team in the rankings.
As a result, Notre Dame is now scheduled to face Alabama on Jan. 1 in the Rose Bowl. On the other hand, Clemson and Ohio State will square off in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The winners will play in the College Football Playoff National Championship.
The last time we saw Alabama and Notre Dame face off in a bowl game came in the BCS National Championship in 2013. In that meeting, Alabama took home a 42-14 victory, which many believe could be what’s in store for the Irish in the Rose Bowl this season.
On Saturday, the Irish suffered their first loss of the season against Clemson in the ACC Championship Game. Clemson won easily, 34-10, prompting fans to say the Irish didn’t deserve to make the College Football Playoff.
We’ve seen Notre Dame compile an impressive record in the regular season before, only to lose in a blowout when they face a superior team. Even though Texas A&M and Cincinnati had similar resumes as Notre Dame, the Irish will get the chance against Alabama on New Year’s Day.