The College Football Playoff is supposed to consist of the best teams in Football. This year the committee seeded No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Notre Dame, and No. 4 Oklahoma. The Cotton Bowl Classic featured No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Notre Dame. Most people thought coming into this game that it was going to be a battle, but the Notre Dame fans quickly understood that they were outmatched in the beginning of the 1st Quarter.
So the question is did they belong there? It is true that Notre Dame was 12-0 going into this game, but so was UCF. Should UCF have made the playoffs? The answer is NO because of the strength of their schedule. Granted, Notre Dame had some historically big named teams that they played like; Michigan, Stanford, Pitt, FSU, and USC. Ironically, however, all of those teams besides the University of Michigan had horrible seasons. Notre Dame did not play any teams even close to the caliber of Clemson and that was more than evident during their beatdown.
Is there a team that should have taken their spot? We think so. Let’s look at the University of Georgia who had 2 losses during the season. In fact, one of their losses was to the University of Alabama which went into OT, so can you even count that against them? Georgia should have been the No. 3 team in the college football playoff and quite honestly would have given Clemson quite the scare as we have already seen them go head to head against Nick Saban’s robots at Alabama.
Notre Dame should not have been in the playoffs and until they attempt to make drastic changes to their program, whether it be fighting to enter a conference that truly tests them or even a simple coaching change, they should not be considered for making BIG bowl games.