ACC has never seen this.
No, it’s not just Notre Dame playing as a conference member for this season. This is about rankings.
Per Clemson athletics, the match between Clemson No. 1 vs No. 4 Notre Dame Cathedral is the highest ranked match between ACC teams. Never.
Saturday night’s game has been hyped for a long time now, and both teams have won every game this season to get to the point. Of course, Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence tested positive for COVID-19 and had symptoms. Therefore, the game will not look exactly as many expected.
The good news for the top tigers is that DJ Uiagalelei made an impressive debut. With Clemson down 18 points, Uiagalelei gave his team a boost, 34-28. He ended up with 342 yards over and two touches of the ball and 25 yards of dash and one touch of the ball.
Travis Etienne has touched the ball 27 times (20 jumps, 7 catches) and will likely be asked to do a lot against Ireland, especially with his dribble on the road and against a celebrated defense. . He also became the ACC̵7;s all-time top racer in the win last week.
Although Clemson’s substitute James Skalski would have to go out, the Tigers’ defense knew what to do: make Ian Book beat them. Notre Dame’s has a balanced strike, with Book throwing for 204 yards per game. But the Irish are desperate to find an edge on the script line – they averaged 5.1 yards of quick dash every time.
The veteran Book has experience, but can Notre Dame overcome that barrier? Two years ago, Clemson crushed Ireland 30-3 in the semifinals of the College Football Championship.
And despite all the excitement of getting into the game and the possible conclusions after it, there’s another thing to think about.
These two can easily meet again in the ACC Championship Game next month for Round 2.