Notre Dame Will Be First Non-Nike Team In Playoff

No team that wears anything other than a Nike swoosh on its jersey has ever cracked the four-team College Football Playoff—until now.

Notre Dame is fresh out of regular season games to play and currently sits safely in the three-spot in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, with only the fourth qualifier left to be determined.

That means, for the first time since the playoff began, a non-Nike team will be playing in a national semifinal.

The first four seasons looked like this:


  • Ohio State (National Champions)
  • Florida State
  • Alabama
  • Oregon 


  • Alabama (National Champions)
  • Clemson
  • Michigan State
  • Oklahoma 


  • Clemson (National Champions)
  • Alabama
  • Ohio State
  • Washington


  • Alabama (National Champions)
  • Clemson
  • Georgia
  • Oklahoma

If Oklahoma defeats Texas on Saturday and the committee resists losing its mind in spite of the Let’s Just Make An Argument For Anyone But OU propaganda there will technically be two swoosh-less teams in the dance, with the Sooners wearing Jordan for the first time this year.

Unrelated to any of the above, Nike and Adidas should really come together on a lifestyle division that combines Adidas footwear with Nike gear. Then we could all wear awesome shoes with clothes that actually fit without committing the grave fashion faux pas of mixing brands.


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