The College Football Playoffs and How They Unfolded

Nicholas Cothrel

Notre Dame vs Clemson (Goodyear Cotton Bowl)

Clemson came into the game without three of their players, due to a failed drug test carried out by a company similar to this one which is known for its drug testing in colorado, including star DT Dexter Lawrence. Lawrence is a dominant defender that projects to go late in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Clemson was in complete control throughout the game as, Notre Dame constantly played from behind.

Notre Dame came into the game with a 12-0 record behind them, led by a strong running game with Dexter Williams in the backfield. Williams only carried the ball 16 times for 54 rushing yards and 29 receiving yards.

Notre Dames Quarterback, Ian Book has been the sparkplug on offense for the fighting Irish all season, as he took over in the starting role in place of Brandon Wimbush. Book struggled to figure out the Clemson defense all game. Book went 17 for 34, 160 yards and had one interception.

Notre Dames shut down cornerback, Julian Love had to leave the game in the first quarter after suffering a head injury. Love was a nominee for the Jim Thorpe award this season for his defensive efforts on defense. Love’s absence was known, as Clemson went right after his backup, Donte Vaughn.

Clemson’s freshman phenom, Trevor Lawrence had it working against the fighting Irish, as he was dropping dimes all over the field. Lawrence went 27-39, 327 yards and three touchdowns. Lawrence has also uplifted the Clemson program just as Ian Book has for Notre Dame in a way that, they both took over after the start of the season and have elevated their offense.

Clemson was also strong on the ground-game, rushing for a total of 211 yards. They were led by running back, Travis Etienne who had 109 yards and one touchdown.

Clemson finished out the game 30-3, moving onto the National Championship.

Alabama vs Oklahoma (Capital One Orange Bowl)

Coming into the Orange Bowl, we all expected a multitude of touchdowns, as we have the Heisman award winner (Kyler Murray) and the runner up (Tua Tagovailoa).

To start the game, it was all Alabama in the first quarter as they lead 21-0. Oklahoma showed some fight late in the game but, still fell short of the Crimson Tide 45-34.

Tua Tagovailoa was slinging the rock through the Oklahoma defense. Tagovailoa went 24-27, 318 yards and four touchdowns. He had more touchdowns than incompletions throughout the game.

Alabama had a balanced running game, with a three back committee. The three running backs combined for 191 yards and two touchdowns.

The Heisman award winner, Kyler Murray went 19-37, 308 yards and two touchdowns. He also had an additional 109 yards rushing and one rushing touchdown. Murray had a lot of success rushing the football, slipping through the Alabama defenders but couldn’t get things rolling until the second half.

The National Championship will be Alabama vs Clemson on January 7, at 8:00pm ET.

(Photo: Sporting News)

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