2. Notre Dame’s offensive strength is Clemson’s defensive weakness
Since Ian Book has taken over as the quarterback at Notre Dame, the Irish have relied heavily on the short passing game. That passing game has continued to evolve throughout the season, as Book found himself among the nation’s most accurate passers.
While Clemson has a vaunted front seven, if there is a chink in the armor of the Clemson football team, it’s the defensive secondary. Against Texas A&M, Syracuse, Florida State, and South Carolina, Clemson gave in excess of 250 passing yards. Further, the Gamecocks wracked up 510 yards through the air against Clemson’s secondary in Week 12.
Teams that can keep the quarterback clean have had their way with the Clemson secondary. Expect the Irish to do the same.