Eagle lands on Notre Dame fan at of Cotton Bowl Classic

Arnold Nichols
January 2, 2019

It will be Alabama and Clemson, again.

Notre Dame and Clemson play Saturday in the College Football Playoff Cotton Bowl semifinal (4 p.m. ET, ESPN) for a chance to play in the national championship game.

Head coach Dabo Swinney's Clemson teams have gone an impressive 75-58 against the spread since he took over as head coach midway through the 2008 season, and they have done especially well for bettors in situations that are similar to this year's CFP national title game matchup. All but one of those has been by double digits, including a four-touchdown loss to Alabama in the title game almost six years ago.

Alabama jumped out to a 28-0 lead on way to its 45-34 win in the Orange Bowl over Heisman Trophy victor Kyler Murray and Big 12 champion Oklahoma.

Say what you will about Brian Kelly, but the man cares deeply for his players. 18 Mississippi State on November 10 when they posted their second consecutive shutout victory. "So I'm sure it'll be a real challenge for us, and I'm sure we'll need to play better than we did today".

"We got our butts beat past year".

"I mean, we didn't know who was going to make it here, they probably didn't know they were going to make it to the national championship either", Alabama junior linebacker Mack Wilson said Saturday night. "Since I was a little kid I always wanted to be here".

Alabama beat the Tigers 45-40 in Arizona for the 2015 title after the two teams combined for a 40-point fourth quarter.

"It'll be another tough matchup for us, we obviously have a lot of history, but it'll be a good one", Hurts said of Clemson.

Airlines are gouging passengers on ticket prices for die-hard fans that want to see their team play one last time this season.

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