Notre Dame: The ACC title game loss to Clemson snapped the Irish’s 16-game winning streak, longest in the FBS. … QB Ian Book has more completions (701) than any quarterback in school history except Jimmy Clausen. … Michael Mayer’s 35 receptions are the most in school history by a true freshman tight end.
Alabama: The Tide are two wins away from Nick Saban’s sixth national championship. … Saban’s teams are 12-5 in postseason games. … The Tide are back in the four-team playoff after missing it for the first time last year. … Held off Florida 52-46 to win Alabama’s 28th SEC title. … RB Najee Harris led the SEC with 1,262 yards rushing, and WR DeVonta Smith led the conference with 1,511 yards receiving. … LB Will Anderson Jr. led the SEC with seven sacks.
Alabama beat Notre Dame 42-14 in the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 7, 2013.
Notre Dame: Second appearance in a College Football Playoff game, 38th bowl appearance in school history.