Notre Dame continues to impress. The Irish has now won two games in a row without starting QB Malik Zaire. One of the reasons for the Irish’s terrific performance without the leader of their offense is that they just seem to have a knack for finding excellent skill players.
But the Irish face the best defense that they’re likely to face during the entire season. How will Notre Dame’s young offense respond to playing Clemson at Memorial Stadium, commonly referred to as Death Valley? Will the Tigers bring Notre Dame back to earth with a massive win? Should you bet the Tigers or back the Fighting Irish. Keep reading for answers to those questions and more.
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No. 6 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Vs No. 12 Clemson Tigers College Football Week 5 Betting Analysis
What: No. 6 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-0) at No. 12 Clemson Tigers (3-0)
When: Saturday, October 3, 2015
Kickoff: 8:00 PM ET
Where: Clemson, SC
Stadium: Memorial Stadium (Clemson, SC)
Game Total: 54
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Notre Dame vs Clemson
Why Bet On No. 6 Notre Dame to Beat No. 12 Clemson
Can the Fighting Irish keep losing players and still win?
It’s amazing that after losing their top running back in Week 1 and then losing their starting quarterback only a couple of games later, the Irish are not only still ranked in the Top 10 but are 1 spot away from being ranked in the Top 5. Notre Dame continues to impress due to the excellent coaching job by Brian Kelly.
It’s almost like Kelly has forecasting powers that most human beings can only dream of. His newest QB, DeShone Kizer, has been impressive in two straight games as the starter. Kizer completed 70% of his passes against Georgia Tech in a 30 to 22 home upset victory over the Yellow Jackets in his first game as a starter. In his second game, Kizer completed 68.2% of his passes.
If Kizer is able to break down Clemson’s vaunted defense, one that only allows 146 passing yards per game on average, the Irish could beat the Tigers in Death Valley.
Why Bet On No. 12 Clemson to Beat No. 6 Notre Dame (-1)
Clemson’s DeShaun Watson is the best QB that the Irish D has faced in 2015.
Everybody was surprised that Notre Dame beat Georgia Tech 30 to 22 as a 2 point home dog after they barely escaped with a win at Virginia and had lost starting QB Malik Zaire in the process. The thinking was that Georgia Tech QB Justin Thomas was going to run the Yellow Jackets rushing attack to perfection like he had done so many times before. Maybe, Georgia Tech just isn’t that good of a team. The Yellow Jackets ended up losing 20 to 34 to Duke as a -7 point favorite a week after losing to the Irish.
Although many can question how good Georgia Tech really is, there’s no question that Clemson is a good football team. Without a doubt, the Irish face the best quarterback that they have faced so far this season in DeShaun Watson on Saturday. Watson completes 74.4% of his passes. He’s thrown for 7 TDs and only 3 picks.
Stopping Watson and the Clemson offense is going to be tough for Notre Dame to do. My final score prediction is Clemson 34, Notre Dame 18.