NCAAF Betting: Clemson at Notre Dame Analysis

Posted by Derrick Harper on November 6, 2020 in

One of the biggest matchups in ACC history will take place this weekend as the No. 1 Clemson Tigers travel to South Bend, Ind., to take on the No. 4 Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. Both of these teams enter this game undefeated, and this game will have huge ramifications in the chase for the College Football Playoff. Let’s take a closer look at this upcoming matchup so you can make your bets against their NCAAF odds.

Clemson Vs Notre Dame College Football Betting Analysis

In the long history of the ACC, this is only the sixth matchup between top five teams. The lower-ranked team has won four out of the first five matchups, so this is a good omen for Notre Dame.

Not only will this be an exciting game between two of the top teams in the country, but this game will also be full of storylines that could have huge effects on the outcome.

Preseason Heisman Trophy candidate Trevor Lawrence will miss this game due to testing positive for COVID-19. Lawrence will more than likely be on the sideline but still won’t be able to participate due to cardiac monitoring prior to full clearance.

In his place will be freshman DJ Uiagalelei, who threw for over 340 yards with two passing and one rushing touchdown in last Saturday’s victory over Boston College. Although he isn’t as polished as Lawrence, Uiagalelei is very capable of having a big game.

Clemson also has some injury issues on the defensive side of the ball. Starting linebacker James Skalski will be out, another starting linebacker Mike Jones is questionable, and starting defensive tackle Tyler Davis’ status is unknown at this time. If Clemson is missing three starters on defense, this will bode well for Notre Dame’s powerful rushing attack.

The Fighting Irish come into this one on a 12-game winning streak. Ian Book and a stellar offensive line lead a powerful rushing attack. If teams sell out to stop the rushing attack, Book can also beat you with his arm.

Notre Dame’s defense has been a powerful force this season. They’re holding teams to just 98 rushing yards per game. The Irish will sell out to stop Travis Etienne and force Uiagalelei to make some big throws.

The glitz and glam of Clemson will take on the blue-collar style of Notre Dame in one of the top games of the season. Dabo Swinney will challenge his defense to get to another level after last week’s subpar performance against Boston College.

The last two times that Clemson has survived a near-loss, they’ve come back with a vengeance, and the Tigers will be looking to do the same thing in South Bend on Saturday.

Clemson tends to step things up for big games, but Notre Dame is playing with a huge amount of confidence, and head coach Brian Kelly has been adamant that his team is just as good if not better than Clemson.

Both teams know that this game has huge national title implications, and they will both pull out all of the stops. This will be a tight one that will be decided by a late touchdown.