The Irish were off Saturday when the Tigers were beating Pittsburgh 42-10 to win their fourth consecutive ACC championship game exactly 10 years after Swinney was hired as their coach. Last year, Georgia's first postseason game came against the Oklahoma Sooners in a College Football Playoff Semifinal game that took place in the Rose Bowl.
The No. 3 Fighting Irish (12-0) will take on No. 2 Clemson (13-0) in the Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on December 29th. There aren't a ton of changes, but Oklahoma and Ohio State both moved up a spot after winning yesterday, while Georgia fell from No.4 to No.6.
"Every combination was vetted, looking at their full body of work, their resumes side-by-side", selection committee chairman Rob Mullens said.
Ohio State: QB Dwayne Haskins is the Big Ten's player of the year, leading the nation with 47 touchdown passes and 4,580 yards passing.
Georgia Head Coach Kirby Smart made his opinion clear saying, "it boils down to one thing".
The committee should have given Ohio State more credit for their season, especially when one considers how they handled MI, pouring on 62 points in a huge win to close out the regular season. "Obviously UCF had played in Atlanta a year ago, so that kinda set them in the Fiesta Bowl". Clemson is making its fourth straight appearance. The other teams advancing to the playoff are the Crimson Tide, No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Notre Dame.
A drama-filled Saturday night was followed by a stress-free Sunday as Alabama was named the top team in the College Football Playoff. The Bulldogs, per the FPI, were the third-best team in the country, but a 20-point loss at LSU ultimately proved too much to overcome, at least in the eyes of the Playoff committee.