CFP National Championship – Clemson v Alabama (Jan 7)

CFP National Championship Clemson Clemson has been one of the great teams under Dabo Swinney in the CFP playoff. They’ve made it to the vast majority of them, but have come up short much more than they would like. This is Clemson’s fourth appearance in the CFP Playoffs and their third visit to the Championship … Read moreCFP National Championship – Clemson v Alabama (Jan 7)

Cotton Bowl Classic – #2 Clemson Tigers v #3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Dec 29)

This game is one of two College Football Playoff national semifinals. The other is the Orange Bowl between #1 Alabama and #4 Oklahoma.

Cotton Bowl

#2 Clemson Tigers

Clemson has become a frequent participant in the CFB Playoffs, and they won the National Championship two years ago (over Alabama). They also made it last season, though they lost in the semifinal to eventual champion Alabama despite being the #1 seed. This year, they went 13-0 (9-0 ACC), and have again settled into the playoff again.

Offense

Clemson is perhaps the most balanced offensive squad in this year’s playoff, with their 529.9 total yards per game divided nearly equally between rushing (259.8 ypg) and passing (270.1 ypg). They’ve scored an average of 45.4 points per game (5th nationally), with a low output of 27, which they scored twice this season.

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2018 ACC Championship – Clemson v. Pittsburgh

Battle for the ACC Championship As we get ready for the nightcap in what’s been an exceptionally busy day in college football, we have one game left to cover, the ACC Championship. This is game has the biggest favorites of the power five conference championships with undefeated Clemson, against 7-5 Pittsburgh. The only knock on … Read more2018 ACC Championship – Clemson v. Pittsburgh

College Football Playoff Primer

With the release of the penultimate College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings on Tuesday, we are starting to see how the “New Year’s Six” (NY6) bowls – as well as the National Semifinal – could shake out.

But with conference championships to be played this weekend, there should be some drama yet to play out. As such, we wanted to take a look at the current Top 12 to see how results this weekend could impact their place when the final rankings are announced next week.

It Pays to be the Champion…

As a reminder, the champions of the “Power 5” conferences[1] automatically qualify for a NY6 bowl game. A spot in the NY6 is also guaranteed to the highest-ranked champion from the “Group of Five” conferences[2] (American, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West, and Sun Belt).

The top four teams in the final CFP rankings are slotted into the national semifinal bowls – this year, they are the Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl – in 1 v 4 and 2 v 3 matchups.

The remaining six spots in the NY6 bowls are chosen from the final season rankings, and have typically included only teams in the top 12 (hence the focus of this article).

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NCAA – Power Five Conference Championships (UPDATED)

With the final “regular” season weekend upon us in college football, there are still some teams that are fighting for a berth in their conference championship games.

In the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the College Football Playoff (CFB) determines the champion after a four-team playoff, whose placement is determined by the CFB rankings. Teams are fighting through the regular season to compete for a berth in the “New Year’s Six” (NY6) bowl games – the Rose Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl, and Peach Bowl – two of which host the national semifinals on a rotating basis (this season’s semifinals are the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl, for example).

At least it’s better than the BCS

The NY6 bowls use the bowl rankings to place the clubs in the semifinal, and the bowls that aren’t hosting the semifinals get their choice from the teams in the rankings. They typically chose from the Top 12 in the rankings, though they have been required to choose from outside the top 12 if a surprising team wins a conference championship.

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