6 Notre Dame 38
12 Clemson 28
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are in the conversation once again in regards to being one of the premier teams in college football. This Saturday they will have a chance to solidify that discussion when they head down to ACC territory to take on the Clemson Tigers. About the same time last year, the Fighting Irish visited another ACC opponent in the Florida State Seminoles.
The outcome of that contest was not a good one for the Irish. In two days, they will try to reverse their previous struggles against the top-tier teams in the ACC. Right now the Irish is ranked no. 6 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll.
Last season after losing to Florida State, Notre Dame struggled significantly against teams that they were supposed to beat. Could the same fate effect this year’s Notre Dame ball club as well? We shall find out soon enough. The Clemson Tigers once again have garnered the attention of football analysts around the country with their ability to put up big numbers against opposing defenses.
However, when the Tigers take on some of the best teams in college football, they fail to live up to expectations. In 2013, they faced conference rival Florida State in what was supposed to be a thrilling matchup. The Seminoles took the Tigers to woodshed 51-14 in front of a jam-packed crowd at “Death Valley.” Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney must make sure that his team is not overconfident in this matchup.
The Irish star quarterback Malik Zaire is out for the season with a fractured ankle injury, however; the Tigers better not sleep on the backup quarterback DeShone Kizer. So far Kizer is 3-0 against teams in the ACC this season. He has already contributed to the Irish defeating one of the ACC’s premier ball clubs in the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets a few weeks ago. Will he make it a second victory this Saturday against the Tigers?
My prediction for this ball game is that I am not expecting a repeat of what happened in 2013, but I am expecting another let down from the Clemson Tigers going up against a top-notch opponent. As for the Irish, they may very well have a quarterback situation that is similar to Ohio State going forward.
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