Mandel: Why the Playoff selection committee eschewed controversy

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney raises the trophy after Clemson won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship NCAA college football game against Pittsburgh in Charlotte N.C. Saturday Dec. 1 2018

Why they will win the national championship: "Not only will the Crimson Tide be making their fifth straight trip to the College Football Playoff, they will be doing so with perhaps the best team Nick Saban has ever assembled".

With everything going to chalk, one spot opens up in the top four of the College Football Playoff Top 25 after Alabama's come-from-behind victory over Georgia in the SEC championship game.

Notre Dame's Fighting Irish, who went 12-0 this season, did not play on Saturday, however, they made the playoff for the first time in school history.

The other CFP semifinal this season is at the Cotton Bowl, where second-seeded Clemson will face third-seeded Notre Dame in a battle of unbeatens.

Oklahoma's proximity to Dallas and the Cotton Bowl led to the Crimson Tide-Sooners game heading to Miami instead of the Dallas area.

This will be only the fourth meeting between Clemson and Notre Dame, the first in a bowl game.

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Although Frogmore cottage reportedly needs some work to turn it back into the 10-bedroom luxury home it once was. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are transforming Grade II- listed Frogmore Cottage before moving there next year.

Clemson defeated Pittsburgh 42-10 on Saturday to win the ACC Championship.

"There's no comparison", Narduzzi said. They deserve to be where they are.

The selections were announced the day after two of the top four teams in the nation treated audiences to a barn burner in Atlanta. "Dabo's done an incredible job".

By falling to Alabama, Georgia recorded its second loss, making it tough for the selection committee to include the Dawgs over teams with one loss and championships in a Power Five conference.

Clemson is in the CFP for the fourth consecutive season.

Oklahoma also fell to Florida in the 2008 BCS National Championship game in the same stadium.

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