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Notre Dame vs. Clemson: Cotton Bowl Game Time, Channel, Announcers

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney talks with Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly ahead of a regular season college football game.

CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 03: (L-R) Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers talks to head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish before their game at Clemson Memorial Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

We're about 24 hours away from the first College Football Playoff semifinal, as Clemson will meet Notre Dame in a battle of undefeated teams.

The Tigers are entering this matchup with one huge blemish, which is the news of Dexter Lawrence failing a drug test. With the All-ACC defensive tackle out of action, it leaves a gaping hole in the trenches, where Clemson usually has four potential first-rounders across the line.

Fortunately for the Fighting Irish, the team underwent zero distractions before this monumental game. However, they are dealing with the pressure of finally overcoming an elite opponent.

Neither team began the season looking relatively strong, until Dabo Swinney and Brian Kelly made the decision to bench their starting quarterbacks.

Clemson went with true freshman Trevor Lawrence over Kelly Bryant, whereas Notre Dame opted for Ian Book over Brandon Wimbush. These offenses have truly elevated their production since these changes were made.

One huge difference between the two sides is their efficiency on the ground. The Tigers overwhelm their opponents with a heavy dose of Travis Etienne in the backfield, and the unit as a whole averages an incredible 259.8 rushing yards per game.

The winner of the Cotton Bowl will face the winner of the Orange Bowl match-up between Alabama and Oklahoma.

It'll be interesting to see how Lawrence performs on the biggest stage of the year. He's answered the call throughout the majority of the season, but now he'll have to meet championship-level expectations.

Notre Dame and Clemson are set to kick off at 4:00 p.m. ET from AT&T Stadium.

The game will be on ESPN. Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Tom Rinaldi, and Holly Rowe will be on the call.