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Notre Dame's Kelly favors 8-team playoff

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) If it's any consolation to Ohio State, Washington, Georgia and UCF, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly feels their pain - somewhat - of not being in the College Football Playoff.

"We're forcing out a conference champion," Kelly said Saturday before the No. 3 Irish went through their first post-finals workout for the Dec. 29 Cotton Bowl against No. 2 Clemson (13-0) in a CFP semifinal.

No. 1 Alabama (13-0) and No. 4 Oklahoma (12-1) meet in the other semifinal that day at the Orange Bowl.

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AP Rank
Rank School Rec
1 Alabama (13-0)
2 Clemson (13-0)
3 Notre Dame (12-0)
4 Oklahoma (12-1)
5 Ohio State (12-1)
6 Georgia (11-2)
7 UCF (12-0)
8 Michigan (10-2)
9 Washington (10-3)
10 Florida (9-3)
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Coaches Rank
Rank School Rec
1 Alabama (13-0)
2 Clemson (13-0)
3 Notre Dame (12-0)
4 Oklahoma (12-1)
5 Ohio State (12-1)
6 Georgia (11-2)
7 UCF (12-0)
8 Michigan (10-2)
9 Washington (10-3)
10 Florida (9-3)
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