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Clemson vs. Notre Dame 11/7/2020 College Football Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Clemson visits Notre Dame on 11/7/2020 at 7:30PM.

Clemson and Notre Dame face off in an important game for both teams as every game in this shortened season with limited or no fans in attendance means more. Clemson has a record of 7-0 this season. Notre Dame is 6-0 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Clemson Team Defense Preview

Clemson has had 66 defensive drives in non-garbage time minutes and they yield 4.52 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, Clemson is not a team that allows many plays per drive. This defense either gives up big plays quickly or induces a lot of three-and-outs, we shall find out more. Opponents face third and long situations a lot against this defense. This is a defense that forces opponents to commit penalties, have compromised offensive line play, and fail to convert on crunch possessions. Passing plays make up 53.36% of their opponents’ play calls.Clemson tends to face teams that prefer to air it out or opponents want to air it out against them.

Clemson opponents have struggled with running the ball and this defense has crushed the spirits of their opponents with zero or negative yard plays. 4th and Short is not a cake walk against this defense, maybe passing on 4th and Short or having some sort of RPO is the way to go here because if an Offensive Coordinator thinks that they can just line and run a Quarterback Sneak or hand it off to a tailback, they are mistaken. How effective are opposing offensive lines given what we know about their ability to force negative yardage rushing plays? Clemson can take credit for holding the offensive line of their opponent to 2.17 yards per carry. Opponent offensive lines have been simply unable to support their running games against this defense. When it comes to getting to that second level, running backs are getting stopped. This defense does not allow themselves to be gashed. The breakout rushing plays are simply not happening, it is a massive reach to expect this team to give up big rushing plays.

Clemson has made the turnover belt, chain, pads, lunch pail or whatever gimmick they use change hands a lot. This is a Defense that causes pure aggravation. Clemson should have a sign ready for opponents near the Visitor Locker Room that says “Welcome to Hell”, this front seven is deep and they cause a lot of problems. Clemson has shown themselves to be better at stopping the pass than the run this season.

Clemson Team Offense Preview

Clemson has had 73 drives in non-garbage time minutes and they average 5.63 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive they run, but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. Any defense is in for a challenge with Clemson, given their ability to accrue more than 5 yards on 1st Downs and their ability to convert on 3rd and 4th Downs. They put a lot of pressure on opposing defenses.Clemson passes the football 56.69% of the time.Clemson tends to pass more than other teams.

Move the pile forward, falling forward, making progress, ensuring north-south running, smart Quarterback reads, well-adjusted alignments to ensure leverage, and an offensive line that is getting a great push forward are cornerstones of this offense. How effective is the offensive line given what we know about their ability to prevent negative yards on rushing plays? More than you think, thanks to the Adjusted Line Yards metric. Clemson can take credit for 3.09 yards per carry. This offensive line may be underappreciated, even though the running backs get the attention. The Clemson coaching staff really deserves credit for how they prepared this offensive line, but they could be a little bit better! This is a team that is rather above-average when it comes to gashing defenses. The threat of the run should force opposing to play more honest and assignment defensive football is a must. They are capable of busting out a long run, which is really good when the team has the ball in their own territory.

Clemson has bullied and controlled defenses this season, defenses have not been able to dictate what this offense is able to do to them. Opponents should consider a containment strategy. Clemson is among the best in the country at keeping defensive front sevens at bay. Opposing defenses need their secondary players to step up and cause trouble in order for this Offense to be disrupted. Clemson is a better passing team than running team this season.

Notre Dame Team Defense Preview

Notre Dame has had 57 defensive drives in non-garbage time minutes and they yield 5.0 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, Notre Dame is not a team that allows many plays per drive. This defense either gives up big plays quickly or induces a lot of three-and-outs, we shall find out more. Opponents face third and long situations a lot against this defense. This is a defense that forces opponents to commit penalties, have compromised offensive line play, and fail to convert on crunch possessions. Passing plays make up 52.98% of their opponents’ play calls.Notre Dame tends to face teams that prefer to air it out or opponents want to air it out against them.

Notre Dame opponents have struggled with running the ball and this defense has crushed the spirits of their opponents with zero or negative yard plays. 4th and Short is not a cake walk against this defense, maybe passing on 4th and Short or having some sort of RPO is the way to go here because if an Offensive Coordinator thinks that they can just line and run a Quarterback Sneak or hand it off to a tailback, they are mistaken. Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 2.1 yards per carry. Opponent offensive lines have been simply unable to support their running games against this defense. This is also a team that is allowing running backs and quarterbacks to get to the second-level in an average fashion. Opponents have shown a relatively average level of explosiveness in the running game, maybe there will be a breakout rushing play against them.

Notre Dame has made the turnover belt, chain, pads, lunch pail or whatever gimmick they use change hands a lot. This is a Defense that causes pure aggravation. Notre Dame should have a sign ready for opponents near the Visitor Locker Room that says “Welcome to Hell”, this front seven is deep and they cause a lot of problems. Notre Dame has shown themselves to be better at stopping the pass than the run this season.

Notre Dame Team Offense Preview

Notre Dame has had 55 total drives this season and they generate 6.49 plays per drive. When you are among the best at plays per drive, you are certainly a team that aims to wear down the opposition with a high play count or with long, physical grinding drives that eat up a lot of clock. We need to find out more here when it comes to Notre Dame. Notre Dame has shown a capability to be explosive on first and second down to avoid third downs and has converted well (relatively) on 3rd and 4th Down situations. Notre Dame passes the football 41.18% of the time.They favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

On first downs, getting ahead of the chains is crucial and running the ball well on first down can get a team there, Notre Dame has done a good job avoiding the negative yardage rushing plays. Based on the Adjusted Line Yards metric, which measures the amount of credit that should be ascribed to the offensive line for a rushing play, they average 3.3 yards per carry. This offensive line may be underappreciated, even though the running backs get the attention. The Notre Dame coaching staff really deserves credit for how they prepared this offensive line, but they could be a little bit better! The offensive line and running back corps deserve a lot of credit for gashing defenses with their running game like the way they have this season. They have an explosive running game and they are capable of breaking big yardage runs on First and Second Down. This puts a lot of pressure on Linebackers and Safeties.

Notre Dame has bullied and controlled defenses this season, defenses have not been able to dictate what this offense is able to do to them. Opponents should consider a containment strategy. There has been a relatively good job done by this Offensive Line to prevent opposing front sevens from causing problems consistently. Notre Dame has shown themselves to be a better running team than passing team this season.

The Clemson Roster

The Players to Watch for Clemson

Trevor Lawrence QB 6-6 220

This season, Trevor Lawrence has put up 1833 yards and 17 touchdowns. He has thrown 2 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 178.6thus far this season. Trevor Lawrence has thrown 2 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Trevor Lawrence has 71.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 74.51 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 29.0 times this season, which puts him in the 77.06 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 4.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Travis Etienne RB 5-10 210

This season, Travis Etienne has 606 rushing yards on 103 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 9 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Travis Etienne picked up 434 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 29 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 2 receiving touchdowns this season.

Amari Rodgers WR 5-10 210

This season, Amari Rodgers picked up 586 yards. He caught the ball 40 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 6 receiving touchdowns this season.

Nyles Pinckney DT 6-1 295

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Clemson, Nyles Pinckney has 14 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 2 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 80.33 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 1 times this season, which put him in the 82.24 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Myles Murphy DE 6-5 265

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Clemson, Myles Murphy has 24 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 6 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 96.67 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 4 times this season, which put him in the 97.48 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 2 fumbles this season.

Joseph Charleston S 6-0 190

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Clemson, Joseph Charleston had 21 tackles which puts him in the 80.15 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 2 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 91.81 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Joseph Charleston as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes last season, which puts him in the 40.81 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

Andrew Booth Jr. CB 6-0 190

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Clemson, Andrew Booth Jr. had 22 tackles which puts him in the 93.87 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 3 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 98.14 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 1 times last season. Andrew Booth Jr. as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1 passes last season, which puts him in the 85.32 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

The Notre Dame Roster

The Players to Watch for Notre Dame

Ian Book QB 6-0 206

This season, Ian Book has put up 1224 yards and 7 touchdowns. He has thrown 1 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 143.9thus far this season. Ian Book has thrown 1 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Ian Book has 212.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 92.16 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 51.0 times this season, which puts him in the 90.59 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 5.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Kyren Williams RB 5-9 204

This season, Kyren Williams has 600 rushing yards on 105 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 7 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Kyren Williams picked up 180 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 12 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Javon McKinley WR 6-2 215

This season, Javon McKinley picked up 264 yards. He caught the ball 14 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Daelin Hayes DL 6-3 270

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Notre Dame, Daelin Hayes has 11 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 3 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 86.16 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 2 times this season, which put him in the 87.42 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 2 fumbles this season.

Kyle Hamilton DB 6-4 216

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Notre Dame, Kyle Hamilton had 28 tackles which puts him in the 90.13 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 2 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 91.81 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Kyle Hamilton as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes last season, which puts him in the 40.81 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

Shaun Crawford CB 5-9 180

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Notre Dame, Shaun Crawford had 22 tackles which puts him in the 93.87 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 3 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 98.14 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 1 times last season. Shaun Crawford as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1 passes last season, which puts him in the 85.32 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

Clemson vs. Notre Dame Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Clemson 26 Notre Dame 20

Spread Pick: Clemson -5 -110 JazzSports
Moneyline Pick: Clemson -202 matchbook
Total Pick: Under 50.5 -110 Bookmaker