Notre Dame finishes 3rd in final College Football Playoff rankings

Notre Dame finishes 3rd in final College Football Playoff rankings

Another instant classic meeting between the Dawgs and the Tide went down to the final seconds but ended with No. 4 Georgia's second loss and No. 1 Alabama's unbeaten record unblemished.

Georgia dropped from fourth to sixth, behind No. 5 Ohio State, after the Bulldogs lost the Southeastern Conference championship game to the Crimson Tide. We'll have a great challenge but one that we're excited about, " Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said.

This is Clemson's fourth consecutive College Football Playoff berth.

Now the ACC champion Tigers (13-0, No. 2 CFP) are in football's final four for the fourth season in a row, and taking on playoff first-timer Notre Dame (12-0, No. 3 CFP) in the Cotton Bowl on December 29.

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The game is no longer played in Dallas' Cotton Bowl Stadium, switching to AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

After starting the SEC season with four straight losses, Missouri finished strong and is ranked for the first time since September 20, 2015. Due to a separate contract, the Buckeyes will play the Pac-12 champion, Washington, in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.

Notre Dame is making its debut in the CFP and becomes the 10th different team overall to advance to the four-team format. Had it chosen Georgia instead, the committee would have for the first time left three of the five major conferences - the Big 12, the Big Ten and the Pacific-12 - outside the playoff (Notre Dame is independent). The Knights have a 25-game winning streak and a year ago self-claimed a national title alongside the one Alabama won. UCF clinched a 13-0 season (and Colley Matrix national title) with a 34-27 victory against Auburn in last season's Peach Bowl.

Ohio State's loss to Purdue is coming back to haunt them in major ways, as it is effectively what kept them out of the CFP this year.

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