Notre Dame receives spot in College Football Playoff, will play Clemson

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

The undefeated Irish have booked a spot in the College Football Playoff.

On Sunday, Notre Dame (12-0) officially received its bid for the four-team playoff. The Irish, given the No. 3 seed, will play against No. 2 Clemson (13-0) on Dec. 29 in the Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Start time is 4 p.m. EST.

No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Oklahoma will play the other national semifinal in the Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. That game has an 8 p.m. EST start time.

The Tigers defeated Pittsburgh 42-10 on Saturday to win the ACC Championship. The Irish had the week off after finishing the regular season with a 24-17 win at USC.

Clemson, the national champions following the 2016 season, will take part in the College Football Playoff for the fourth year in a row. This will be Notre Dame's first trip to the College Football Playoff since it began in 2014.

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Notre Dame’s Tony Jones Jr. (6) celebrates scoring the game-sealing touchdown in Notre Dame's 24-17 victory over USC.