The Clemson Tigers earned their fourth consecutive trip to the College Football Playoff with a matchup against Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on December 29th.
Despite the geographical proximity of the Tigers to Miami, Alabama as the top seed elected to take the Orange Bowl in order to not give #4 seed Oklahoma a virtual home game in nearby Arlington.
The Tigers and Irish have met three times, historically, last time facing off in a rain-soaked Death Valley, with Clemson prevailing 24-22.
Notre Dame’s partial membership in the ACC will draw matchups with Clemson in South Bend in 2020 and 2022, but the two teams have never faced off in a postseason game.
Clemson has played in the Cotton Bowl just once in team history, a 6-3 victory over Boston College in 1939.
Tigers’ Head Coach Dabo Swinney and Fighting Irish Head Coach Brian Kelly participated in a teleconference on Sunday following the game announcement:
Clemson and Notre Dame will be the first of the two playoff matchups to kick off on December 29th, with the Cotton Bowl set for a 4 PM ET start (3 PM local time) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The Orange Bowl between Alabama and Oklahoma will follow at 8 PM ET at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.