By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are the No. 3 seed in the 2018 College Football Playoff. This is the first-time that the Fighting Irish will be playing in the CFP.
Notre Dame faces No. 2 Clemson Tigers in the Cotton Bowl Classic on December 29th. The game will kickoff at 4 pm on ESPN at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The winner of this game will face the winner of the Capital One Orange Bowl. The No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners faces No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida at 8 pm on ESPN.
The Fighting Irish have been the No. 3 team in the country since Week 8. They were ranked No. 8 for the first four weeks, before improving to No. 6 in Week 5, No. 6 in Week 5 and the No. 4 ranked team in Week 7.
This has been the Irish’s best season since the 2012 season. That year, they lost to the Crimson Tide in the BCS National Championship game.
The team is 12-0 this season. Notre Dame defeated the then-No. 14 Michigan Wolverines, 24-17, in the season-opener on September 1st. One week later, they defeated the Ball State Cardinals, 24-16.
The Irish escaped with a 22-17 win over the Vanderbilt Commodores on September 15th.
The Irish defeated the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 56-27, on September 22nd. The team ended September with a 38-17 win over then No. 7 Stanford Cardinal for the Legends Trophy.
They began October with a 45-23 win over then No. 24 Virginia Tech Hokies on October 6th. Then, one week later, they defeated the Pittsburgh Panthers, 19-14. The Irish won the Rip Miller Trophy with a 44-22 win over the Navy Midshipmen on October 27th.
Notre Dame then won 31-21 over the Northwestern Wildcats on November 3rd. On week later, they blew out the Florida State Seminoles, 42-13.
The team defeated then-No. 12 Syracuse Orange, 36-3, on November 17th in the Shamrock Series. Their regular season concluded on November 24th, as they won 24-17 against the USC Trojans for the Jeweled Shillelagh.
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