College Football Frenzy: Clemson head coach fuels fire for NCAA’s CFP

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“And we’ll continue to do that.”

#4 NOTRE DAME vs. #1 ALABAMA (-19.5)

Rose Bowl, CFP semifinal — Arlington, Texas

Friday, 4 p.m. ET, TSN

Best thing to happen to Notre Dame was that ugly ACC final effort. Kelly’s crew makes this a game.

PICK: NOTRE DAME

#3 OHIO STATE vs. #2 CLEMSON (-7.5)

Sugar Bowl, CFP semifinal — New Orleans

Friday, 8 p.m. ET, TSN

Ohio State shouldn’t be there. Here’s hoping Clemson shows the CFP committee the error of its ways.

PICK: CLEMSON (best bet)

SECOND DOWN

Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence has lost only once in his 35 NCAA starts — that to LSU in last year’s national title tilt on the same field, the Superdome, where he’ll go up against Ohio State on Friday … On the flip-side, Ohio State QB Justin Fields lost his only game in 20 starts to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl, last year’s CFP semi … Clemson is 4-0 against Ohio State all-time … Alabama, meanwhile, is 4-0 all-time at AT&T Stadium, where it plays in the Rose Bowl on Friday. The Tide have dominated at Jerry’s World, winning by a combined score of 166-37 … ‘Bama is beating teams by an average of 30 points in 2020 … The last time ‘Bama played Notre Dame was in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game won handily by Saban’s side over Kelly’s crew, 42-14 …Ontario’s John Metchie III is second on Alabama in receptions (44), receiving yards (782) and receiving touchdowns (6).

THIRD DOWN

QB D’Eriq King went down early with an ugly leg injury in trying to rally No. 18 Miami (8-3) from a three-touchdown hole in Tuesday’s Cheez-It Bowl, which turned out to be a barnburner won by No. 21 Oklahoma State (8-3) 37-34 … Also Tuesday, No. 20 Texas (7-3), despite losing senior QB Sam Ehlinger to a sprained shoulder for the second half, took down Colorado (4-2) 55-23 in the Valero Alamo Bowl … Three games go on New Year’s Eve: No. 24 Tulsa (6-2) vs. Mississippi (3-7) in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (noon ET, TSN2); Ball State (6-1) vs. No. 22 San Jose State (7-0) in the Offerpad Arizona Bowl (2 p.m., CBS); and West Virginia (5-4) vs. Army (9-2) in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl (4 p.m. ET, TSN2) … One New Year’s Eve get-together, the Mercari Bowl between Arkansas (3-7) and TCU (6-4), has been cancelled due to COVID at TCU.