Clemson is looking for their 6th straight ACC Championship as well as revenge for their only loss all season. Trevor Lawrence is back in the lineup and it will be a different team that Notre Dame will see. Meanwhile, Notre Dame will look to stay unbeaten and will look to hoist the ACC trophy in their first year in the conference.
LivE NoW : Clemson vs Notre Dame
This is the rematch everybody has been waiting for, here’s everything you need to know to stream the ACC Championship game this afternoon.
#3 Clemson vs. #2 Notre Dame
When: Saturday, December 19 Time: 4:00 p.m. ET TV Channel: ABC Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Prediction: Trevor Lawrence is back, this won’t be as close as last time and I’ll be sticking with the Clemson Tigers in this game. Dabo will want to win this game more than any game this season after falling to ND last time they played.
Bet: Clemson Tigers -10.5
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Clemson -10 vs. Notre Dame
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We recommend interesting sports viewing/streaming and betting opportunities. If you sign up for a service by clicking one of the links, we may earn a referral fee. Newsrooms are independent of this relationship and there is no influence on news coverageThe biggest contest on the schedule this weekend features a matchup of two teams who could both possibly earn a spot in the College Football Playoff as No. 2 Notre Dame takes on No. 3 Clemson in the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Any meeting of Clemson and Notre Dame is going to come with its own set of expectations and hype due to the two programs not only being at the top of the sport in the College Football Playoff era but having played in a CFP semifinal in 2018. Now add on top of that the double-overtime thriller in South Bend, Indiana, earlier this season and a top-five matchup that’s making ACC history and it’s understandable why this rematch is getting so much attention.
We’ve got two of the top quarterbacks in all of college football with Trevor Lawrence (33-1) and Ian Book (30-3) in the record books as the winningest quarterback in school history for their respective programs and two of the top coaches in the sport with Brian Kelly and Dabo Swinney.
Oh yeah, and if Notre Dame wins the game it’s the first-ever conference championship in program history. We’ll get into more detailed storylines below regarding the actual game and how it will be settled on the field, but the excitement around this clash of top teams exceeds anything that the ACC has seen before in its season-ending championship game.
in the 16 years of the ACC Championship Game era, this is the first contest with two top-five teams and only the third with two top-10 teams. Both previous top-10 matchups in Charlotte involved Clemson, with the No. 1 Tigers beating No. 7 Miami in 2017 and the Tigers, also then at No. 1 in the CFP rankings, beating No. 8 North Carolina in 2015.
Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish defense has been elite under Clark Lea, and now we’ve hit the end of his time in South Bend with Vanderbilt introducing the defensive coordinator as its next head coach. Under Lea, Notre Dame has held 33-of-36 opponents under 30 points, including LSU, Michigan, Stanford, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Clemson, Georgia, Virginia, Navy and North Carolina when they were ranked in the top 25. This year, Notre Dame’s 17.6 points per game allowed ranks fifth among all Power Five teams and the group is loaded with depth and experience in a way that can wear down opponents throughout the game. The Fighting Irish have won high-scoring games and low-scoring games on its path to 10-0 here in 2020, but one consistent thread has been how infrequently they are trailing in a game.
In 600 minutes of regulation action, Notre Dame has trailed for just 44:47, a testament to how the Fighting Irish defense can take control of a game and keep the opponent from establishing any kind of advantage. There is no expectation that Clemson will be limited to less than 20 points or even held under 30, but keeping Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne in check is a big piece of how Notre Dame can complete the two-game sweep of the Tigers and claim its first ever conference championship.
Clemson: Travis Etienne has the career ACC rushing touchdown record, the ACC career touchdown record and is 10 points away from passing Florida State kicker Dustin Hopkins as the ACC’s career scoring leader. But he’s had six straight games with less than 100 rushing yards and the Tigers’ rushing offense has not been humming at the same clip as what we saw in 2018 and 2019. This is particularly important to note heading into the matchup with the Fighting Irish, since Etienne was limited to just 28 rushing yards on 18 attempts in the first meeting this year. Being the all-purpose star that he is, Etienne still found ways to have an impact in the passing game with 57 receiving yards but establishing a consistent ground attack against one of the best run defenses in the country is perhaps the most clear path to victory for Clemson.
Trevor Lawrence is enough of a difference-maker with his addition to the equation that Clemson certainly can beat Notre Dame without having Etienne rush for 100 yards but getting him going and avoiding tons of third-and-long scenarios for Lawrence would make things a lot a