The Latest: Suspended Clemson DT Lawrence supports teammates
By The Associated Press
The Latest on the College Football Playoff semifinals at the Cotton and Orange Bowls (all times EST):
Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, suspended by the NCAA for failing a test for performance-enhancing drugs, was on the field Saturday wearing an orange sweat shirt with the familiar tigers paw logo as his teammates warmed up for the Cotton Bowl against Notre Dame.
Lawrence tested positive for a banned substance, along with two teammates who are both reserves for the Tigers.
The school has said it plans to appeal the ruling in the hopes of getting the 340-pound Lawrence back if Clemson advances to the national championship game. The highly touted junior's college career could be over as he would be eligible to declare for the 2019 NFL draft.
- Ralph Russo, Arlington, Texas
The weather outside is dreary, with an overcast sky and temperatures that feel-like its near freezing.
Inside, under the bright lights of AT&T Stadium and with the retractable roof closed, conditions are perfect for the Cotton Bowl, the College Football Playoff semifinal between No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Notre Dame.
It is an unseasonably cool day in North Texas, with a forecast high Saturday of 40, about 16 degrees below average.
The Cotton Bowl moved from its namesake outdoor stadium on the grounds of the State Fair of Texas to the then-new $1.3 billion home of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys nine years ago.
That move guaranteed no worries about game day weather and pretty much ensured the Cotton Bowl becoming part of the College Football Playoff rotation.
There is still a bowl played at Cotton Bowl Stadium, and on Wednesday a game between No. 23 Boise State and Boston College became what is believed to be the first bowl game called off because of weather. The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl was canceled because of the threat of severe weather after a delay of about 90 minutes. The game was stopped with BC leading 7-0 with 5:08 left in the first quarter.
-Stephen Hawkins, Arlington, Texas
Oklahoma and Notre Dame are standing in the way of Alabama-Clemson Part IV.
The College Football Playoff semifinals are Saturday, with the top-ranked Crimson Tide facing No. 4 Oklahoma at the Orange Bowl in South Florida and No. 2 Clemson playing No. 3 Notre Dame at the Cotton Bowl in North Texas.
The Tigers (13-0) and Fighting Irish (12-0) meet in the first game of the semifinal doubleheader. The Irish are making their first CFP appearance.
The winners advance to the national championship game on Jan. 7 in Santa Clara, California. Alabama and Clemson have faced off in the last three playoffs, including splitting two title games.
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Updated December 29, 2018