Notre Dame # 2 and Clemson # 4 will meet in the ACC championship game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on Saturday.
The matchup starts at 4 p.m. ET and airs on ABC. This is a rematch of the 47-40 two-hour overtime thriller on November 7th in South Bend that has a huge impact on the College Football Playoffs.
Notre Dame (10-0) has a chance to end an undefeated season and win the ACC. Brian Kelly has led the Irish to a BCS championship and an appearance in the College Football Playoffs, and Ian Book will be looking to win another big game.
Clemson (9-1) is looking for a sixth consecutive ACC championship and that is what they need to make it through to the college football playoffs. Of course, Trevor Lawrence missed the last match after testing positive for COVID-19.
The stakes are huge and it's the biggest spotlight for the ACC championship game yet.
Everything you need to know about betting on Notre Dame v Clemson is here, including updated odds, trends and our prediction for the 2020 ACC championship game.
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Notre Dame vs Clemson odds
Spread: Clemson -10.5Over under: 60.5Moneyline: Clemson -360, Notre Dame +275
Clemson opened the week as a 10.5 point favorite to win the 2020 ACC Championship. The money line for Notre Dame is +275, which means that a $ 100 win on the Wildcats would yield a profit of $ 275. The over / under is 60.5 points for Notre Dame versus Clemson.
Notre Dame vs. Clemson all-time series
The Tigers are 3-2 against the Irish. The teams split a home-and-home series in 1977 and 1979. Clemson defeated Notre Dame on October 2, 2015 at 24:22; A game that Clemson coach Dabo Swinney made famous when he announced it was "BYOG" – Bring Your Own Guts. The Tigers also defeated the Irish 30-3 in the College Football Playoff Semifinals at the Cotton Bowl Classic on December 29, 2018.
Notre Dame broke that streak with the 47-40 double overtime thriller on November 7th.
Knowing three trends
– Clemson were a 5.5 point favorite when they first met, and the Tigers couldn't cover the spread. The Tigers have played two games since then, winning with an average score of 48-13.
– Clemson has won the last five ACC championship games convincingly. The Tigers have won the last five ACC championship games averaging 26.2 points per game, and the last three have been decided with 37.3 points per game.
– Notre Dame is 18-13 ATS as the underdog under Kelly, and that includes a 12-9-1 record ATS in neutral locations. The Irish are 5-5 ATS this season.
Three things to see
– – Lawrence is back. Lawrence has made 598 passes and three touchdowns with an intercept in two games since his return. He has 420 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions in two previous ACC championship games. Lawrence's presence could be more important to the game in progress, however. The Tigers had 33 rush attempts for 34 yards when they first met. Travis Etienne should have more success this time.
– – Clemson's Defense. The Tigers allowed 47 points for a total of 518 yards on their first encounter. Defensive coordinator Brent Venables will have a completely different schedule this time around, and Clemson must be better at coming off the field third. Notre Dame converted 10 out of 19 opportunities in the first matchup.
– – Can Ian Book do it again? Book's late exploits caused a stir last time. Book had 67 rushing yards in the first meeting and Kyren Williams had a monster game with 140 yards and three touchdowns. Book has been playing at Heisman level since November and he has to do it all over again for the Irish to cause another stir.
Stat that counts
63-4 – This is the combined record for Lawrence (33-1) and Book (30-3) as starting quarterbacks for their respective teams. They met in the semifinals of the College Football Playoffs in 2018. A one-sided blowout that led to the final Tiger National Championship.
This is one of the college football playoff-era quarterback matchups. Enjoy the show.
Notre Dame vs. Clemson prediction
Notre Dame scores again in a Williams touchdown, but Clemson counters with a quick passing game. The tigers averaged 15.1 meters per catch when they first met. Lawrence scores two touchdown passes in the first half and Etienne puts Clemson two points ahead in the third quarter. Book gathers the Irish. It's not enough to win the ACC championship, but it also secures Notre Dame a playoff spot. This is the best scenario for the ACC.
Bottom line: Clemson 33, Notre Dame 24