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This Stat About Notre Dame's Big Bowl Game Performances Is Absurd

An extreme closeup of Brian Kelly wearing a Notre Dame hat and a head set.

CHAPEL HILL, NC - OCTOBER 07: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish watches his team play against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game at Kenan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Notre Dame got waxed by Clemson in the Cotton Bowl on Saturday night. Fighting Irish fans, predictably, are upset. It doesn't help that they've seen this before.

Notre Dame has now lost its last eight New Year's Six bowl games - and they've come by an average of over 20 points.

SBNation tweeted a list of the games. The three most recent are this year's Cotton Bowl vs. Clemson, the Fiesta Bowl vs. Ohio State a few year's back and, of course, the 2012 BCS title game vs. Alabama.

The streak goes back to 1994. It's not amazing for fans.

Clemson, meanwhile, will take on the winner of Oklahoma vs. Alabama in the national title game next week.

Notre Dame has had shots at national titles twice in the 21st century - first against Alabama back in 2012 and this year. Both times the team finished 12-0, only to get crushed on the biggest stage.

Brian Kelly will likely have to answer more questions from fans after another disappointing finish.