Clemson Tigers (7-0) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-0)
College Football: Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Notre Dame Stadium)
The Line: Notre Dame Fighting Irish +5.5 -- Over/Under: 51.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The number 1 Clemson Tigers and the number 4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish meet in an ACC college football heavyweight matchup from Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday night in a battle for postioing in the CFP Playoff race..
The Clemson Tigers will look to remain undefeated after climbing to 7-0 with a 34-28 win over Boston College last time out. Trevor Lawrence has thrown for 1,833 yards, 17 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on 70.7% passing, but he will miss this game due to not being fully cleared to return from COVID, so D.J. Ulagalelei will start at QB and has thrown for 444 yards and 2 touchdowns on 70% passing this season. Travis Etienne leads Clemson with 606 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns, while Amari Rodgers has a team-high 40 catches for 586 yards and 6 touchdowns to lead Clemson’s receiving group. Etienne is 2nd with 29 grabs for 434 yards and 2 scores, while Frank Ladson Jr. and Cornell Powell each have 200+ receiving yards and Braden Galloway, Davis Allen and E.J. Williams each have 100+ receiving yards for Clemson this season. Defensively, Baylon Spector leads Clemson with 39 total tackles including 16 solo tackles while Andrew Booth Jr. has a team-high 17 solo tackles and Nolan Turner has 3 interceptions. Myles Murphy leads Clemson with 3.5 sacks while Bryan Bresee has 3 sacks and Spector has 2.5 sacks this season.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish also need the win to remain unbeaten after improving to 6-0 with a 31-13 win over Georgia Tech last time up. Ian Book has thrown for 1,225 yards, 7 touchdowns and an interception on 61.3% passing while Kyren Williams has a team-high 600 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns. Chris Tyree, C’Bo Flemister and the aforementioned Book each have 200+ rushing yards and have combined for 10 rushing touchdowns this season. Javon McKinley leads Notre Dame with 264 receiving yards coming on 14 catches while the aforementioned Williams has 180 receiving yards and Michael Mayer has a team-high 14 catches for 168 yards. Ben Skowronek, Avery Davis and Tommy Tremble all have 100+ receiving yards this season. Defensively, Kyle Hamilton leads Notre Dame with 28 total tackles including 24 solo tackles while Isaiah Foskey has 3.5 sacks and Adetokunbo Ogundeji has 3 sacks for the Irish this season.
Clemson is 19-7 ATS in their last 26 conference games and 12-3 ATS in their last 15 road games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games as a favorite. Notre Dame is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games as a home underdog and 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog.
Points with Notre Dame at home are tempting, but this line is speaking volumes about this game. Notre Dame’s been at full strength all season long and have looked far from convincing against Florida State and Louisville before turning it on against Pitt and Georgia Tech in recent weeks. A lot is going to be made about Trevor Lawrence not playing in this game and how it hinders Clemson, but make no mistake, you don’t just become the backup on the top football team in the country by accident. D.J. Ulagalelei is solid, is ready to go and is a big reason why Clemson rallied to beat Boston College. Travis Etienne will still be there and Ulagalelei will have a slew of receivers to throw to as well. It’s next man up for Clemson and Lawrence will slide right back in once he’s cleared. As far as this game goes? Look for Clemson to put out their best effort of the season and to win this one by a touchdown so I’ll lay the points with the Tigers in this one.