Oklahoma Is In: Sooners Snag 4th Spot in Playoff Semifinals

Heather Diaz
December 4, 2018

The game - played in Arlington, Texas, at AT&T Stadium - will determine who faces off against the victor of Alabama and Oklahoma, who will play on the same day in Miami in the Orange Bowl. The favorites all won, and majority won big, with Clemson, Oklahoma, and Ohio State all winning by double digits and covering the spread.

Oklahoma is making its third appearance in the five-year-old playoff.

No. 1 Alabama (13-0) will meet No. 4 Oklahoma (12-1) in the other semifinal in the Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, Florida. They won the national championship two seasons ago.

To this point, the largest margin of defeat by a playoff team suffered during the season is 23 points, which came in Georgia's 40-17 loss at No. 10 Auburn a year ago. "We've got an unbelievable amount of respect for Notre Dame here at Clemson".

The debate leading up to championship Saturday was whether Oklahoma or Ohio State would take the fourth spot if Alabama beat Georgia. "We'll have a great challenge but one that we're excited about", Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. "I've never been to the Cotton Bowl, so we're really looking forward to it".

The Fighting Irish have played at AT&T Stadium once, beating Arizona State 37-34 in October 2013.

The meeting between the Tigers and Irish will be only the fourth all-time meeting between the two programs.

It entered Championship Week on a blistering 43-23 run and just locked in strong picks for the 2018-19 College Football Playoff semifinals.

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The Crimson Tide (13-0) have been the nation's No. 1 team all season and defeated Georgia on Saturday to win the Southeastern Conference title. Oklahoma avenged its only loss, 48-45 to No. 15 Texas, with an impressive 39-27 victory in the Big 12 title game. It's the fifth straight bowl game for the Wolfpack and an opportunity to reach 10 wins for the first time under head coach Dave Doeren.

Ask it of Georgia and Notre Dame or Ohio State and Notre Dame, and see how many votes for the Irish you'll actually get.

Time to set the field for college football's final four.

But there is plenty of time between now and December 29th to discuss X's and O's.

Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame separated from the pack by going undefeated.

The two winners will play in the national title game on Monday, Jan. 7, at 8 p.m.in Santa Clara, California. Clemson 6. Ohio State at 3.

The Big Ten champion Buckeyes (12-1) will face Pac-12 champion Washington (10-3) in the 105th edition of the Rose Bowl.

Faced with a tricky choice, the College Football Playoff selection committee played it safe and fell back on some simple criteria: One loss is better than two.

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