WATCH THIS: Eagle lands on Notre Dame fan's arm before Cotton Bowl

WATCH THIS: Eagle lands on Notre Dame fan's arm before Cotton Bowl

Notre Dame came into the game against Clemson as a 12-point underdog in Saturday's first College Football Playoff semifinal. And Georgia - who was dominated by LSU 36-16 in the regular season - fell to Alabama in the SEC Championship game, while Oklahoma won its conference championship game and only suffered one loss. "This is the way it should be", Swinney said.

Dabo Swinney, comes January 7 on the opposite side of the country for both teams. The BCS wasn't flawless, which is why the powers-that-be added two more teams to the postseason mix. The closest game in that stretch was a 20-point win at then-No. "He's really a personal friend that I personally have a tremendous amount of respect for, as a coach, as well", Saban said. But as Clemson prepares to face the Crimson Tide in the national title game for the third time in four years, Swinney sees plenty of similarities in the two current most dominant programs in the sport. "They're hard to beat. but we're excited about the challenge, and we're off and running with our prep". "Obviously we played and traveled all day (Sunday), but (AD) Dan Radakovich is leading that front, and I know that they'll be having some meetings and stuff (Monday) and trying to figure out what the moving-forward process is going to look like", Swinney said. "I always tell them, we're built for this".

In just a few days the Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide will meet once again for the right to call themselves national champions. Neither of those two games were big surprises to me.

The solution is to enjoy what the CFP produces - a national title game that has been incredible in each of the last three seasons due to two teams that are head-and-shoulders above the rest of the pack. Southern Cal was No. 1 all season until losing to Texas and Vince Young in the national championship game.

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