"That's Alabama, Clemson, and I felt Georgia was also, that had the athletes and the depth that could compete for the national championship". However, Notre Dame has made a habit of defying the odds so far this season, so they're likely using the underdog status as fuel. Over the same time frame, neutral field underdogs outrushing their opponents by an average of 100 or more yards per game on the season are 35-10 ATS. The sophomore has been electric this season, tossing 41 touchdown passes against only four interceptions. Alabama and Clemson have faced off in the last three playoffs, including splitting two title games. Despite winning both games, Alabama covered the spread in neither. They will be formidable if Lawrence plays like he did tonight.
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After a 13-0 regular season, Clemson crushed Notre Dame 30-3 in the semifinals while undefeated Alabama improved to 14-0 after outlasting Oklahoma 45-34 in the other semi.
Alabama has only faced one elite, well-balanced team this season in Georgia, and it very almost lost.