Clemson Tigers vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish, CFB Top 10 AP Poll game. The Tigers continue to dominate the season undefeated. This will be the second game of the season against one of the best teams in the ranking. The Fighting Irish are the fourth best team in the nation, but today they could face their first loss of the year. So far Notre Dame doesn’t know what it’s like to lose. But the recent record against the Tigers is negative.
Clemson Tigers: No one is stopping us.
The Tigers have seven wins. Six of those games were against ACC teams and only one against a non-major like Citadel. In six victories the Tigers won by 20 or more, but in the most recent victory they won 34-28 against Boston College. So far the team is favorites for the title next year, but there are still many games ahead. After this game the Tigers play Florida State on the road.
The team is scoring an average of 2.7 rushing touchdowns. Travis Etienne is the leading running back with 606 yards and 9 touchdowns. Amari Rodgers is the WR with the most yards with 586 and 6 touchdowns. The Tigers complete up to 27.4 per game for an average of 341.4 passing yards and 166.6 rushing yards. The defense allows up to 174.9 pass yards and 1.1 touchdowns.
Trevor Lawrence will not be available due to being infected with Covid-19. While Lawrence recovers, D.J. Uiagalelei will be the starting quarterback against Notre Dame. DJ. is in its first year, so far with perfect numbers. 42 completed passes, 444 yards, 2 touchdowns without interceptions, 143.2 rating overall. His first game as a starter was against Boston College with 30/41 passes and 342 yards. 6 personal rushes and 1 touchdown.
Notre Dame: This is no time to lose.
The Fighting Irish know that the Tigers’ weak point is the quarterback. But so far the QB has proven efficient with a good win against Boston College. The defense shouldn’t focus on catching D.J. Uiagalelei, but find a way to prevent the ball from passing. Notre Dame has six victories. The last two victories were against Pittsburgh and Georgia Tech on the road. At home the team is solid and they play a little better.
The offense is scoring from the air with 1.2 touchdowns with 206 yards average. 15.7 complete passes and less than 30 attempts per game. Notre Dame has Kyren Williams running back with 600 yards and 7 touchdowns this season. McKinley is the top WR with 264 yards but no touchdowns. The defense allows up to 173.5 passing yards and 0.3 touchdowns. Plus 93.7 rushing yards with 0.7 touchdowns. It is a solid defense.
Ian Book is among the best quaterbacks of the season. Book has good numbers with 92/150 passes, 61.3% effectiveness, 1224 yards, 7 touchdowns and 1 interception. 143.9 rating overall. Also, Book is good at running with 212 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns. The game with the most passing yards for him was against Pittsburgh on the road, it was also the game with the most touchdowns (3).
My Free Pick & Prediction for Clemson Tigers vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish 11/07/2020 is: Notre Dame +5.0 (SPREAD).
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