Notre Dame football is coming off a dominant performance against Pittsburgh as they travel to Clemson. Can the Irish win on the road?
There are many nature shows about wounded Tigers and how they hunt. Notre Dame Football needs to be careful on Saturday afternoon because these wounded Tigers are looking to hunt. The Irish have a lot to play for. A ten-win season means a New Year’s Six Bowl game, and — quite frankly — 10-2 looks much better than 9-3.
Clemson hosts Notre Dame Football after an ugly Textile Bowl loss to North Carolina State, where the Tigers controlled most of the game before losing late. Notre Dame destroyed Pitt 58-7 in South Bend. Clemson has no ACC Championship hopes and is looking for two wins to keep their postseason streak alive. Saturday is their bowl game (no disrespect to South Carolina).
Saturday is also a revenge game for the Tigers. Last season, Clemson traveled to South Bend, ranked fifth in the country, but found themselves on the losing end 35-14. Though the Tigers would win the ACC Championship, that loss eliminated them from the College Football Playoff conversation last year.
The Tigers aren’t the only ones looking for redemption in this game. Quarterback Sam Hartman seeks his first win against the Tigers. While quarterback of Wake Forest, he and the Demon Deacons were 0-4 against Clemson despite Hartman playing brilliantly in three of those losses.
Notre Dame Football Odds:
Odds: Notre Dame -3/ Clemson +3
Team Totals: o/u 44.5
Money Line: Notre Dame -160/ Clemson +135
Keys to Victory:
Notre Dame Football and Clemson are two of the best defenses in the country. Where the Irish could have and edge is turnovers. The Tigers have had horrible turnover luck this season, especially in the red zone. Notre Dame has had quite the knack for forcing turnovers the last few weeks. The Irish have to be careful not to get too complacent or conservative.
They will have to throw the football against what is a tough pass defense, and they’ll be without tight end Mitchell Evans, who’s out for the rest of the year. Defensive Coordinator Al Golden has to keep the pressure on quarterback Cade Klubnik, just as he’s done the last couple of weeks, and force Clemson’s wide receivers prove they can make plays.