Published: Thu, January 03, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Keys To Victory Revisited: Notre Dame Defense vs. Clemson

Keys To Victory Revisited: Notre Dame Defense vs. Clemson

While Notre Dame's season ended on a bitter note, they came into the Cotton Bowl undefeated with wins over Michigan, USC, and Stanford. Freshman phenom quarterback Trevor Lawrence sliced and diced all over ND's defense.

Etienne ran 176 times for 1,463 yards (8.3 yards per carry) and 21 touchdowns this season.

Tua Tagovailoa completed 24 of 27 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns, and top-ranked Alabama defeated fourth-ranked Oklahoma 45-34 in the Orange Bowl on Saturday night to earn a berth in the national championship game. Swinney's Tigers are 17-9 ATS as an underdog, which includes a 12-4 ATS mark as an underdog of between 3.5 and 10 points.

"I felt this whole season there were three teams that could compete and that were far and away above everyone", he said. Despite winning both games, Alabama covered the spread in neither.

Alabama (14-0) advanced to the national championship game for the fourth consecutive season and will play January 7 in Santa Clara, California, against familiar foe Clemson, which beat Notre Dame 30-3 in the Cotton Bowl. Clemson may or may not be able to knock off the Tide outright, but is a strong bet to keep this game very close.

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