This is Georgia's and Texas' first meeting since the 1984 Cotton Bowl when the Dawgs knocked off the undefeated Longhorns from the national championship picture with a 10-9 upset. "It was an unbelievable game". There is a better way to determine the best team in college football: decide it on the field.
But in the meantime, the Bulldogs players will make themselves more familiar with the Longhorns. They were an wonderful opponent.
In each of the past two weeks, the Sooners played what were essentially playoff elimination games and won both because of big defensive plays. "If the best thing you can say about Georgia is that they played Alabama really, really tough, that is not enough for me".
Clemson has never played in the Cotton Bowl, or at the home stadium of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys.
"But just having a chance to compete against a great team and again on a great stage and representing Clemson the very best we can".
"They've been a model of consistency. We'll have a great challenge but one that we're excited about", Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. The Blazers are in only their second season back after the university discontinued the football program for 2 years. They want to win a national championship.
Bowl season in our state will have a decidedly southern feel. The Tigers' only Cotton Bowl was on January 1, 1940, a 6-3 win over Boston College.
Notre Dame has been favored in every game they've played this season, but that streak looks like it will come to an end in the Cotton Bowl against #2 Clemson.
Ohio State finished sixth in the race for four playoff spots after winning the Big Ten title for the third time in five years, trouncing Northwestern 45-24 on Saturday night. The winners meet in the championship game on January 7 in Santa Clara, California.
The Fighting Irish have played at AT&T Stadium once, beating Arizona State 37-34 in October 2013.
Postseason offers the league at least seven more opportunities versus Power Five opponents: the aforementioned Clemson-Notre Dame, N.C. State-Texas A&M and Virginia-South Carolina matchups, plus Pitt-Stanford in the Sun Bowl, Miami-Wisconsin in the Pinstripe and Georgia Tech-Minnesota in the Quick Lane.