What happened in the College Football Playoff Semifinals
Georgia’s fans and players quickly went up in arms as the Cotton Bowl College Football Playoff Semifinal game moved along between Clemson and Notre Dame. Even some Texas football fans on social media were favoring Georgia over Notre Dame, which says a lot. We’re not going to post everything that exploded on social media, but there was a significant outcry for the mistake from the Selection Committee.
By all indications, Clemson and Notre Dame looked to be a much closer game on paper than it was in reality. The combination of the suspension of the All-American defensive lineman along with a true freshman quarterback, Trevor Lawrence, on the national stage made for a game that had some favor to head coach Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish.
Notre Dame fell completely flat on its face at AT&T Stadium in the Cotton Bowl. The offense never got its footing, and junior quarterback Ian Book and the Irish fell by a final score of 30-3. Clemson was able to toss in its backups on both sides of the ball early in the second half, including backup quarterback Chase Brice.
Moreover, what we saw from Heisman winning quarterback Kyler Murray and the Oklahoma offense was much more formidable than Notre Dame against Clemson. Oklahoma got off to a slow start against Alabama in the Orange Bowl, but both sides of the ball for them stepped up in the second half. It just proved too little too late in the 45-34 defeat. We shouldn’t bash Oklahoma for the test it gave to the Crimson Tide.