Notre Dame to play Clemson in Cotton Bowl

Notre Dame to play Clemson in Cotton Bowl. // WSBT 22 photo

Notre Dame had to wait a week, but they got the news they were looking for Sunday afternoon. A trip to the College Football Playoffs.

The Irish are preparing for their first appearance in the national semifinal.

In the short five-year history of the college football playoffs, Notre Dame has twice been close. But this year, they're in for the first time.

They'll be facing a perennial competitor. The Irish will play Clemson, who's making it's fourth straight appearance in the college football playoff when they meet in the Cotton Bowl on December 29.

The Irish are already being considered big underdogs.

Clemson is an 11.5 point favorite.

But head coach Brian Kelly shared a little wisdom from one of his predecessors when discussing the match up Sunday.

"As I told them, it really doesn't matter what anyone else thinks or says,” said Kelly. “It’s been about what we do, how we prepare and how we execute. So as Lou Holtz used to tell me, it doesn't matter if you're the best team in the country. All the matters is that you're the best team on that day. That is what we're focusing on, is being the best team the day that we play Clemson."

Words of wisdom from Lou Holtz who, for the record, was the coach the last time Notre Dame played in and won the Cotton Bowl. That was during the 1993 season.

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