The high-scoring Sooners (12-2) reached the postseason despite a porous defense that was no match for Alabama's diverse attack, and the Crimson Tide led 28-0 after only 17 minutes.
The thing that has stood out the most to Swinney thus far in his film review is just how similar the two teams are. And Georgia - who was dominated by LSU 36-16 in the regular season - fell to Alabama in the SEC Championship game, while Oklahoma won its conference championship game and only suffered one loss.
Dabo Swinney, comes January 7 on the opposite side of the country for both teams. "This is the way it should be", Swinney said.
If Notre Dame wants to truly compete with the Alabamas and the Clemsons of the world, they need to develop depth.
"We got our butts beat past year". And whether or not they were aware Renfrow is still on the team, his seemingly longtime presence on the Tigers' roster led to lots of jokes.
"I feel like I've been here forever", Renfrow said. "I always tell them, we're built for this".
Clemson wide receiver Hunter Renfrow is a redshirt senior and in his final season with the Tigers, but it seems like he's been on the team's roster forever, right?
Alabama beat the Tigers 45-40 in Arizona for the 2015 title after the two teams combined for a 40-point fourth quarter. Neither of those two games were big surprises to me.
Before Alabama and Clemson, the last time the same two teams started and ended the season 1-2 in the AP poll was in 2005.