In the final College Football Playoff rankings, MI finished the season at No. 7.
"I will never forget that game, " Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Sunday.
Georgia has two losses and no team has made the playoff yet with more than one. The bowl last served as a semifinal three years ago, when Alabama beat Michigan State 38-0. Tagovailoa was rarely needed in fourth quarters this season given Alabama's dominance. "A great young quarterback", Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly told ESPN.
Quarterback Ian Book proved to be the game-changer for Notre Dame's offense this season with 2,468 passing yards, 19 touchdowns, six interceptions and a 162.5 passer rating. "We've been on a journey here the last couple years to put our football team back in this position". The Bulldogs (11-2, 7-2) will likely face No. 14 Texas January 1 at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans for the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The Fighting Irish are 5-2 in Cotton Bowl games.
Another instant classic meeting between the Dawgs and the Tide went down to the final seconds but ended with No. 4 Georgia's second loss and No. 1 Alabama's unbeaten record unblemished.
Big 12 champs Oklahoma found their way into the Playoff instead, moving from fifth to fourth and setting up a date with Alabama in the Orange Bowl.
Notre Dame-Clemson will kick off shortly after 4 p.m. while the Crimson Tide and Sooners will follow at 8 p.m.
In selecting the Sooners over the Bulldogs, the committee, and the playoff itself, avoided alienating at least one of its patrons.
Texas football got to take on the Sooners in the Big 12 Championship Game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, on December 1.