The ACC has never seen this before.
No, not just Notre Dame, who is playing as a conference member this season. This is about rankings.
Per Clemson AthleticsThe Clemson # 1 game against Notre Dame # 4 on Saturday is the top ranked matchup between ACC teams. Ever.
Saturday night’s game has been hyped for a long time and both teams have won every game this season to get to that point. Of course, Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence tested positive for COVID-19 and noted symptoms. So the game doesn’t look exactly what many expected.
The good news for the senior Tigers is that DJ Uiagalelei made an impressive debut. 18 points behind Clemson, Uiagalelei helped his team rally 34-28. He finished with a 342-yard pass and two touchdowns and 25 rushing yards and one touchdown.
Travis Etienne hit the ball 27 times (20 rushes, seven catches) and is likely to be asked to do a lot against the Irish, especially this one on the street and against a vaunted defense. During last week’s win, he also became the ACC’s lead rusher.
Though Clemson linebacker James Skalski will also be out, the Tigers’ defense know what to do: get Ian Book to beat them. Notre Dame had an even offensive, with Book throwing 204 yards per game. But the Irish would like to find an edge on the scrimmage line – they average 5.1 rushing yards per try.
The Veterans Book has the experience, but can Notre Dame overcome this hurdle? Two years ago, Clemson beat the Irish 30-3 in the semifinals of the College Football Playoffs.
And despite all the excitement in the game and possible conclusions, there is still something to consider.
These two could easily meet again next month in the ACC Championship Game for Round 2.