The Tigers clinched the ACC championship for the fourth consecutive time on Saturday, becoming the first team in ACC history to win four consecutive outright titles. The winners meet in the championship game on January 7 in Santa Clara, California.
If a team's record was the sole criteria, the committee could have made it easy on itself by going with only unbeaten teams.
We will get more in-depth with this matchup as we progress through December, so make sure you check back here on Rubbing the Rock for more analysis and coverage as we head into Clemson football's playoff game against Notre Dame.
If that close loss to Alabama had occurred earlier in the season and their 36-16 loss to LSU happened later in the season, are the Bulldogs still in the conversation? Kelly said. "This just got us in".
Several of Notre Dame's commits offered their thoughts on the playoff selection and the matchup with the Tigers and you can read them below. Oklahoma holds a 3-1-1 advantage in the series and has won the last three games against Alabama.
Who's going to emerge from this contest as a victor?
NC State is 17-13-1 all-time in bowl games. They won the national championship two seasons ago.
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"Obviously, we spent some time talking about UCF", Mullens said of the Knights, who own a 25-game win streak but don't play in a Power 5 conference.
Why did they drop out?
Last year, meanwhile, No. 1 Alabama lost at No. 6 Auburn 26-14 in the final week of the regular season and still ended up at No. 4 and in the playoffs. Notre Dame's Dexter Williams will have to be at his best for the undefeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish to hang with the No. 2 ranked team in the nation. We know who we're playing.
But, for the second straight year, the committee snubbed UCF, likely fueling more debate about the need to expand the playoffs to include eight teams.
Losses are only as bad as the committee thinks they are. Go with the team that didn't get blown out.
That's not just on B1G commissioner Jim Delany, that's also on the conference's coaches and athletic directors.
The Big Ten's fans are begging for a voice and the conference sits silent, which may actually have been the first precedent all along.