Notre Dame’s poor first half helps argument that Georgia should’ve made College Football Playoff
So once again, Notre Dame got embarrassed on a national stage. The Fighting Irish trailed at halftime against Clemson in the Cotton Bowl Classic by 20 points, and ended up losing, 30-3.
There were a lot of shades of the 2012/13 national title game, when Alabama crushed Notre Dame 42-14.
Notre Dame didn’t have to play in a conference championship game, as it doesn’t play in a conference. Georgia meanwhile, led for a majority of its game against No. 1 Alabama before falling 35-28 in the SEC Championship game. The Bulldogs finished ranked No. 5 in the final College Football Playoff rankings, just missing out on the playoff.
Safe to say, a number of fans and media members across the college football landscape chimed in that Notre Dame didn’t belong in the playoff in the first place and that Georgia should’ve gotten in, despite going 11-2 in the regular season compared to the Fighting Irish’s 12-0 record.
Lol playoff game uh??
— Malik Herring (@HerringMalik) December 29, 2018
They say the “4 best teams” huh ?
— Mecole Hardman Jr. (@MecoleHardman4) December 29, 2018
— Isaiah Wilson (@_LayZay_) December 29, 2018
“The best 4 should get in” #exposed
— ⁶Monty Rice (@RiceMonty) December 29, 2018
I’ll just leave this here….Make Notre Dame play a conference championship so they can stop getting embarrassed like this https://t.co/8h7lW0LzCY
— Jordan Jenkins (@jordanOLB) December 29, 2018
Hey, hey hey! Are you guys forgetting Notre Dame beat Vanderbilt 22-17? And, you know, the CFB Playoff Committee said the Irish were one of the four best, so there's that! https://t.co/Bd1vrgTAGK
— Mike Griffith (@MikeGriffith32) December 29, 2018
we're right on track for the perfect storm of notre dame gettin its ass beat and georgia thumping texas for some excellent takes about who should've been in
— Robby Kalland (@RKalland) December 29, 2018
It was obvious before today, but Notre Dame isn’t one of college football’s four best teams. Good job, CFP.
— Andrew Astleford (@aastleford) December 29, 2018
Said it weeks ago – Notre Dame is trash and I don’t even follow CFB that much. But if you’re not playing in a conference you shouldn’t be considered I don’t care about your record!!
Georgia is a much better football team than Notre Dame. Even Ohio State
This is BOO BOO
— maybe: Filip Cheese (@fillycheese_) December 29, 2018
So best and most deserving. We all agree Georgia is better than Notre Dame now however Notre Dame was 12-0. Let this be a lesson to us all
— Booger (@ESPNBooger) December 29, 2018
‼️ GEORGIA SHOULD BE IN THE PLAYOFF OVER NOTRE DAME ‼️
— George Stiles (@georgesti_) December 29, 2018
So who’s ready to admit Georgia should’ve been in over Notre Dame?
— Matt Klug (@MattKlug33) December 29, 2018
Came to a conclusion that Notre Dame doesn’t need to be considered in the playoff or championship ever again. Last 2 times have just been blowouts. Not even fun to watch at all. Georgia would’ve at least given someone a game. Smh.
— Austin Murdock (@austin7866) December 29, 2018
So Notre Dame is better than Georgia, huh pic.twitter.com/zBEdnGycIz
— ❄️Paul Jordan❄️ (@PJordan_FL) December 29, 2018
Next season, Georgia and Notre Dame will get a chance to settle this debate on the field, as the Bulldogs welcome Notre Dame to Sanford Stadium on Sep. 21. Georgia did beat Notre Dame 20-19 when the two teams met during the 2017 season. Georgia also beat a Florida team that hammered No. 7 Michigan 41-15 in the Peach Bowl. Notre Dame’s best win of the season came against that same Michigan team.
To further validate what many are saying though, Georgia will have to go out and beat Texas in the Sugar Bowl on Tuesday. The Bulldogs, who will be without their best player in cornerback Deandre Baker, and No. 15 Longhorns kick off at 8:45 p.m. ET on Tuesday on ESPN. Texas was the only team to beat Oklahoma in the regular season.
Alabama beat Oklahoma in the second playoff semifinal Saturday night, 45-34.
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