Is the Clemson Dynasty Over?
The Clemson Tigers were just upset on the road against the North Carolina State Wolfpack on Saturday. Clemson is now 4-4 and looking more and more like a .500 team than an ACC contender over the last couple of seasons.
Clemson will welcome the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to Memorial Stadium with Clemson’s record in jeopardy of falling below .500.
Notre Dame earned a massive 58-7 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday. They’ve scored 106 points in the last two weeks, while Clemson has scored no more than 20 points in each of their previous three NCAAF games.
Yet, Clemson is only a 3.5-point underdog at home. Meanwhile, Notre Dame is sitting at -3.5, juiced up to -115. The total for this game is 46.5.
Does Clemson have any chance of earning a home win against a 7-2 Notre Dame?
We’ve got some Notre Dame vs Clemson bets that you should consider for Saturday’s ACC tilt.
Location: Memorial Stadium
Notre Dame vs Clemson Bets & Odds
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 3.5-point favorites on the road against Clemson on Saturday. Nobody expected NCAAF odds like this when the season began.
However, Notre Dame has gone 7-2 against the spread and has also earned seven wins straight up this season. They’re coming off a 51-point win as 21-point favorites, proving just how good Notre Dame has become.
The Fighting Irish have also hit the Over in five of nine games this season and the Over in six of their last ten dating back to last season.
On the other hand, Clemson has lost three straight games against the spread. They’ve also lost four of their last five games against the spread. This season, the Tigers have only covered two of eight games this year.
The total has also gone Under in five of eight games this season after last weekend’s 24-17 loss to North Carolina State went Under the 44.5 total.
Notre Dame and Clemson have played five games since 2015. Clemson has won three of those five, but Notre Dame won the last meeting in 2022, 35-14. The Fighting Irish were 4-point underdogs and earned a 21-point win in that game.
A Feel-Good Story for Notre Dame
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish destroyed in every phase of last weekend’s game against Pittsburgh. The offense added 535 yards, while the defense forced five turnovers.
The most talked about turnover was Notre Dame cornerback Jordan Mickey’s pick-six.
Mickey’s first career pick-six was a special one. He stated that he thought about his parents, who were watching back home in California. He even told the media that he was telling his friends he’d get an interception for a touchdown before the game.
His mom, Nilka, was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 2020, and she had entered hospice care earlier this fall. Instead of doing more treatments of chemotherapy, she’s stated that she’s content with living the rest of her life surrounded by her loved ones.
So, getting this interception and touchdown was super emotional for Mickey.
Jaden published a book called “The Win Isn’t Always On The Scoreboard.” He donated all the proceeds to his mother’s treatment, which was over $83,000.
A play like that couldn’t have happened to a better person.
Are You Off The Clemson Bandwagon?
Dabo Swinney has been known as a winner. He’s got 165 career wins on his resume. He’s even got two national championships on his resume. But that era is over with.
With losses come criticism. With criticism comes backlash. That backlash came after Swinney uttered that Clemson needs to lose a few games and lighten up the bandwagon.
He’s since lost two more games since saying those words. Jokingly or not, this is not what Clemson fans signed up for.
The Tigers are 4-4 and not underdogs against Notre Dame. If Clemson falls to the Fighting Irish, they’ll be below .500, just years removed from winning a National Championship.
Swinney refuses to use the transfer portal. He also refuses to make adjustments in the game. Plus, his NCAAF players aren’t listening to his advice and trying to do too much. Swinney has lost the college football team. The college game has changed with NIL and the transfer portal.
But Swinney thinks he’s too good to have to work the portal or fund for NIL deals. Now he’s paying the price.
Editor’s Note: (100% Subjective)
Clemson’s Ugly Offense
The Clemson offense has earned 416.6 yards per game this season. However, the offense has only scored 230 points through eight games. That’s 28.75 points per game. While 28.75 points might sound like a lot, it’s not an ideal number for Clemson.
For example, Notre Dame has averaged 38.3 points per game through nine games this year.
Cade Klubnik hasn’t even thrown for 2,000 yards through eight games. Meanwhile, he’s added five interceptions and has an average QBR of 58.8.
His sidekick, Will Shipley, has been the one bright spot, with 515 yards on 112 carries with three touchdowns. But he got hurt against North Carolina State. It’s unclear if he’ll even play against Notre Dame.
The run blocking has been terrible, and the rest of the offense outside the run game has been shaky. So, losing Shipley will hurt Clemson’s already pitiful offense.
Meanwhile, Notre Dame has held teams to 279.2 yards per game, including 158.6 yards in the air. If there’s no running game and Clemson needs to rely on Klubnik, the Tigers will have a long night on their home field.
Clemson’s Defense Is Tigers’ Only Hope
On the other hand, the Tigers have a solid defense, where they’ve allowed only 266.9 yards per game. The secondary is elite, and the run defense is dominant.
However, Notre Dame has a legitimate offense relying on veteran quarterback Sam Hartman. He’s thrown for 18 touchdowns, while Audric Estime has rushed for 901 yards and 12 touchdowns. That duo is much harder to stop than Klubnik.
If you’re looking for Notre Dame vs Clemson bets, we’ve got you covered. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are higher in the NCAA rankings, and it’s all because of the previous NCAAF scores and odds. The Clemson NCAA schedule football won’t get any easier from here on out. Back the Fighting Irish at -3.5.