No, 1 Clemson (7-0) at No. 4 Notre Dame (6-0)
This is a showdown of two undefeated teams with the winner set to be in the driver’s seat for not only the ACC title but the BCS national championship in January. The Tigers are 76-5 since the 2015 season and their last regular season loss was to Syracuse in 2017. Notre Dame has won 12 games in a row, the most of any BCS team as of now. In matching the No. 1 and No. 4 teams in the country, it’s the highest ranked matchup in ACC history.
Vs. The Spread:
The Tigers have had such massive point spreads this season that they have not had an easy cover, thus the 2-5 mark. They covered the 14 in the 42-17 win over Miami and covered 27 in a massive 73-7 victory at Georgia Tech. The Fighting Irish have been favored in all six of their games and have easily covered the spread in all of them for a 6-0 ledger.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Clemson||-5.5 (-112)||-210||O 50 (-110)|
|Notre Dame||+5.5 (-108)||+180||U 50 (-110)|
With quarterback Trevor Lawrence out with covid, the Tigers sputtered in the first half against an improved Boston College Eagles team as they trailed 28-13 at halftime. Freshman quarterback DJ Uiagalelei scored on a 30-yard run at the outset of the third quarter and passed for 342 yards as Travis Etienne and Cornell Powell both went over 100 yards in catches. The Tigers’ defense held the Eagles scoreless in the second half as Clemson crept pst BC, 34-28. Notre Dame converted 10-of-15 third downs as Kyren Wallace had 76 yards on 15 carries to pace a rushing attack that yielded 227 yards in a 31-13 win at Georgia Tech.
Etienne could be a workhorse in the Tigers backfield against an Irish defense that gives up only 93.7 yards per game on the ground, ninth in the BCS. It remains to be see how cautious coach Dabo Swinney could be with Uiagalelei, who will be making his first road start. Etienne has rushed for 624 yards and 5.9 yards per carry. Defensively, the Tigers have raided opponents as they have accounted for 13 turnovers while the Irish check in with seven.
Under the Golden Dome:
Clemson’s rushing defense is sturdy once again, but it will have to deal with a Notre Dame running attack that averages 231 yards per game. Kyren Williams is the featured back as he gets 100 yards per game with assists from Chris Flemister and C’Bo Flemister. Tigers defensive coordinator Bret Venables will load up on the run and make quarterback Ian Book have to beat Clemson with the pass.
Winner: Clemson (-5.5) 31, Notre Dame 23
Over-under: Over 51.5