Eagle lands on Notre Dame fan at of Cotton Bowl Classic

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Sadly for the Notre Dame fans the bird's visit was not a lucky sign as the Fighting Irish suffered a heavy 30-3 defeat at the hands of the Tigers.

He also managed to throw one of the most attractive touchdown passes that I've ever seen. The team was officially ranked at No. 5, narrowly placing them out of the playoff run as they prepare for the Sugar Bowl taking place on New Year's Day.

You nearly had to feel bad for the Irish.

Such sentiments only grew stronger across the board as Oklahoma fell to Alabama in the Orange Bowl 28-0, but it bears noting that the Bulldogs loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship game had some part in their current ranking. They will be formidable if Lawrence plays like he did tonight.

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The Notre Dame vs. Clemson matchup will be shown on ESPN at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Alabama and Clemson will meet in the CFP National Championship for the third time in the last four years - and the Crimson Tide are once again the favorites.

Notre Dame was throttled by Alabama in the national title game at the end of the 2012 season.

The over/under on next week's title game opened at 57.5 at the SuperBook, but quickly moved to 59.5.

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