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College Football Analysts: Notre Dame vs. Clemson Should Have Been The ACC Title Game

Brian Kelly of Notre Dame argues with the officials.

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 29: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish speaks to officials in the first half against the Clemson Tigers during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Notre Dame is getting crushed by Clemson in the Cotton Bowl on Saturday night, and it won't shock you to hear that many are questioning whether the Fighting Irish belong in the College Football Playoff. Many are also taking shots at the fact that Notre Dame isn't part of a conference.

The running joke on Twitter seems to be that tonight's game should have been the ACC title game. If the Fighting Irish were to join the league, they'd likely be placed in the Coastal division - opposite Clemson and Florida State.

The idea, of course, is that if Notre Dame had been bounced by Clemson in the ACC title game, they wouldn't have been afforded a chance to lay an egg in the College Football Playoff.

Seriously, there are a lot of people saying this:

Clemson, in reality, beat Pitt in the ACC title game. The Tigers finished the season undefeated as a result.

Notre Dame, meanwhile, also finished undefeated at 12-0. They did not need to play in a conference title game because, well, they aren't in a conference.

The aftermath of this one should be interesting. Expect many to continue to call for the Fighting Irish to join a league.