Published: Thu, January 03, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

WATCH THIS: Eagle lands on Notre Dame fan's arm before Cotton Bowl

WATCH THIS: Eagle lands on Notre Dame fan's arm before Cotton Bowl

And past year, in a semifinal game, the Tide won and covered as 3.5-point favorites in a 24-6 victory.

Notre Dame more than held its own up front, but the unit didn't dominate the way it needed to.

The Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers, the top two teams throughout the season, vie in the 2019 national championship game on Monday, Jan. 7. They're 6-1 ATS when playing with at least eight days rest, and their 14-5 ATS record on neutral fields includes an 8-2 ATS mark as a neutral field underdog.

Tagovailoa completed 24 of 27 passes, with scores to four receivers.

Though the sting of defeat is still clearly fresh in Kelly's head, he sent his seniors a honest, uplifting message after leading a team that entered the season as an afterthought to an undefeated regular season.

Alabama's defense has shown over its past two games that it can be scored upon by top-tier offenses like Clemson's. They will be formidable if Lawrence plays like he did tonight.

Kelly and Notre Dame were totally outclassed by Dabo Swinney, Trevor Lawrence, and Clemson in the Cotton Bowl 30-3.

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