Winning a conference championship is better than not. They have shown that they are willing to create justifications for things that have never been justifiable before, and unless the Big Ten gets its big stick out of the closet and starts swinging it, it's only going to get worse.
We'll find out today on ESPN.
Gathering in the Isban Auditorium in the Guglielmino Athletics Complex just past noon on Sunday, the Notre Dame football team celebrated its first-ever College Football Playoff bid after the selection committee announced the Irish (12-0) will be taking on No. 2 Clemson (13-0, 8-0 ACC) on December 29 in the Cotton Bowl with the victor advancing to the national championship. The winners of the two semis will meet in the National Championship Game in Santa Clara, California on Jan 7th. The bowl last served as a semifinal three years ago, when Alabama beat Michigan State 38-0. There was a lot of debate about Oklahoma and Georgia and Ohio State. "So we went with the one-loss conference champion".
Clemson will be making a bowl appearance for the 14th consecutive year, adding to its current school record that began in 2005.
Given those struggles, it's little wonder only three ACC teams are favored in bowls: Clemson, Georgia Tech and Miami.
Assuming Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame, all undefeated are in. Unbeaten UCF finished eighth in the final rankings, nowhere to be found in the committee's playoff discussion.
After Hurricane Matthew forced the cancellation of a home date with West Virginia, NC State's athletic department worked quickly to schedule a 12th regular season game to maximize their win total.
Although both offenses are dominant, the defense is what separates the two teams.
Here's what several analysts and Notre Dame fans had to say about the matchup. I will continue to buy into the fact that no other team has been blown out by a middling team and made it. The Buckeyes were blown out by Purdue in October, similar to the way they lost at Iowa in 2017.
With that being said, I just think the Tigers are the better team.
"You know, all of our work was done in November to get us into the final four", Kelly said. It was Georgia's second loss of the season, as they also fell in a 20-point defeat at the hands of LSU. And sometimes losses can be nearly as good as wins when they need them to be.