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Alabama Crimson Tide vs Clemson Tigers Picks

The winners of each game will play in the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, Jan. 7.

Taking a look at Notre Dame's depth chart, the Irish have the talent to compete with teams like Clemson in the starting lineup. That's not ideal, but it isn't an indication that the CFP should expand.

Look, it's easy to look back now after two blowout games and say that Georgia should have been in the playoff. If retraction sounds preposterous, that's fine. They will also likely finish that way, like they did two seasons ago when they began the season as the top two teams in the AP Top 25.

While Notre Dame's season will obviously be overshadowed by their dismantling at the hands of Clemson, one would be foolish to overlook what Kelly has done with this program.

"I think that this is clearly the two best teams in Alabama and Clemson, and it's going to be an exciting game". It might be shocking to learn that eventual national champion Clemson was pretty darn good when it shut Ohio State out 31-0 after the 2016 season.

While Notre Dame's season ended on a bitter note, they came into the Cotton Bowl undefeated with wins over Michigan, USC, and Stanford. That makes as much sense as Georgia coach Kirby Smart's fake punt in the fourth quarter of the SEC Championship Game. This is several years in a row we've had to play, or got the opportunity to play Clemson, which is one of the great programs in the country right now. The solution isn't to add more mediocre football teams.

Clemson announced it plans to appeal the suspensions, but it's unlikely Lawrence or the other two players are reinstated before the title game on Monday night.

Isn't that the point?

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