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Cotton Bowl – Dec 29

#2 Clemson Tigers (13-0) vs #3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (12-0)



Coach: Dabo Swinney

Clemson Players to watch:

***Freshman QB Trevor Lawrence (6-5/205)

Lawrence has been nothing less than spectacular in his freshman debut.
Photo: collegefootballnews.com

Lawrence has completed 212-326 passes for 2,606 yards with 24 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He earned first-team freshman All-American honors from multiple outlets and was a second-team All-ACC quarterback, collecting ACC Rookie of the Year honors as he led Clemson its fourth consecutive ACC title.

*Junior DE Clelin Ferrell (6-5/260)

Winner of the 2018 Ted Hendricks Award, Ferrell leads the 2018 team in tackles for loss (17) and sacks (10.5) along with totaling 45 tackles in 13 games. In his three-year career, he has 47.5 tackles for loss, eighth most in Tiger history, and 26 sacks, fifth most in school history.

Senior LT Mitch Hyatt (6-5/305)

Hyatt is a big reason Clemson is averaging 259.8 rushing yards per game and 6.8 yards per carry. The Tigers have also allowed just 14 sacks in 13 games. In his four-year career, he has played 3,624 snaps, most by a Tiger in history.

***Sophomore RB Travis Etienne (5-10/210)

Etienne is among the nation’s leaders in rushing with 1,463 yards and 21 touchdowns on 176 carries along with 10 receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown in 13 games. His 22 total touchdowns are a school record. He is averaging 112.5 rushing yards per game and 8.3 yards per carry.



Coach: Brian Kelly

Players to watch:

**Sophomore QB Ian Book (6-0/200)

Book took over the starting reigns in the fourth game of the season.
Photo: Chicago Tribune

Book helped the Irish rip off eight consecutive victories. Book finished the regular season completing 70.4% (197 of 280) of his passes with 19 TDs and 2,468 yards. He also rushed 78 times for 250 yards and four TDs. Book ranks sixth and eighth, respectively, in FBS completion percentage and pass efficiency. He became the first FBS signal caller to win his first five starts of a season with a completion percentage over 70% in each game since Russell Wilson at Wisconsin in 2011. 

*Junior WR Myles Boykin (6-1/227)

Boykin totaled 54 catches for 803 yards, both team highs. He had a stretch of six straight games with at least one TD reception, making him the first Irish receiver to accomplish that feat since Will Fuller.

Senior LB Te’Von Coney (6-1/236)

Coney capped his career by starting all 12 games while recording a team-best 107 tackles (59 solo), 9.0 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. He became the first Irish player to post back-to-back 100-tackle seasons since since Jaylon Smith (2014, 2015). 

Senior DT Jerry Tillery (6-7/300)

Tillery started all 12 contests, recording a team-best eight sacks and three forced fumbles. He added 30 total tackles (10.5 for loss) and five QB hurries. Tillery leads all FBS interior defensive lineman in total QB hurries (31), sacks (8.0) and quarterback hits (44).


College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
No. 2 Clemson 30, No. 3 Notre Dame 3
AT&T Stadium
Arlington, Texas

First Responder Bowl – Dec 26

Boston College Eagles (7-5)  vs  #25  Boise State Broncos (10-3)



Coach:  Steve Addazio

Boston College Players to watch:

Senior RG Chris Lindstrom  (6-4/305)

Eagles RG Chris Lindstrom
Photo:  Boston College Athletics

Lindstrom has not allowed a pressure in his last seven starts. The Dudley, Mass., native has also been flagged for just one penalty all year on 864 snaps. Lindstrom has never been penalized more than two times in a single season in his NCAA career covering 50 games.

**Sophomore CB Hamp Cheevers  (5-10/170)

Cheevers tied for the nation’s lead with seven interceptions in his first year as a starter for the Eagles. He tied for second on the squad with seven pass breakups as well.

Senior RS/WR Michael Walker  (6-1/195)

Walker is the nation’s leader in combined kick return yards for the second consecutive season after 1,294 combined kick return yards in 2018. An All-ACC Second Team selection, Walker ranks seventh nationally in punt returns this season.

Senior DE Zach Allen  (6-5/285)

Allen led the Eagles with 15.0 tackles for loss and ranked second with 6.5 quarterback sacks. He totaled 61 tackles (26 solo), 11 quarterback hurries, two fumble recoveries and one interception.



Coach:  Bryan Harsin

Boise State Players to watch:

Senior QB Brett Rypien  (6-2/203)

Brett Rypien  receives the 2018 Mountain West Offensive Player of the game award.
Photo:  Loren Orr/Getty Images

Rypien currently ranks very close to the national Top 10 in six major categories: touchdown passes (eighth, 29), completions per game (eighth, 23.8), passing yards (ninth, 3,580), passing yards per game (10th, 298.3), completion percentage (10th, 68.8), and passing efficiency (11t, 160.7).

*Junior RB Alexander Mattison  (5-11/219)

Mattison powered his way to 1,215 rushing yards and a Mountain West-best 16 rushing touchdowns. His 1,215 rushing yards also gave him a second-straight 1,000-yard campaign, extending Boise State’s streak of seasons with a 1,000-yard rusher to 10.

**Sophomore DE/STUD  Curtis Weaver  (6-3/266)

Weaver followed up his breakout redshirt freshman season of 2017 with another big year in 2018, leading the Mountain West and ranking 13th in the FBS in sacks (9.5) and ranking tied for third in conference with 14.5 tackles-for-loss. 

Senior CB Tyler Horton  (5-11/185)

The Fresno, Calif., native recovered four fumbles on the year, second-best in the country, along with scooping up a blocked field goal, and picked off a pass.  He returned three of those five turnovers for scores, beginning with fumble returns of 55 and 11 yards in the season-opening win at Troy, then taking a pick 99 yards to the house at Nevada on Oct. 13.


SERVPRO First Responder Bowl 
Boston College vs. Boise State, canceled because of weather