Clemson is back in the College Football Playoff for the second consecutive season and is returning to a familiar location.
The Tigers are the No. 2 seed, the playoff committee announced Sunday afternoon, and will face Ohio State, the No. 3 seed, in a semifinal at the Fiesta Bowl (University of Phoenix Stadium) in Glendale, Ariz., at 7 p.m. Dec. 31.
Clemson played Alabama in last year’s national title game at the same location.
The other semifinal features No. 1 seed Alabama facing No. 4 seed Washington in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, also on Dec. 31. That game has a 3 p.m. kick.
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The winners of each semifinal will meet for the national title on Jan. 9 in Tampa, Fla.
Ohio State and Clemson last met in the 2014 Orange Bowl with the Tigers topping the Buckeyes 40-35 in Miami.