Clemson Tigers vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Prediction, 12/19/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Clemson Tigers vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020
Location: Bank of America Stadium
Odds/Point Spread: Clemson (-7)
Ian Book and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-0) host the Clemson Tigers (9-1) at Bank of America Stadium on Saturday in the ACC Championship game. Notre Dame opens this contest as 7-point underdogs. The O/U has been set at 62.5.
The last time they took the field, the Clemson Tigers played the Virginia Tech Hokies and notched a win by a score of 45-10. Trevor Lawrence went 12/22 with 195 yards by way of the pass and threw 1 TD. He threw 1 interception for the game. Travis Etienne led the team in rushing in this contest. He had a long run of 15 yards but he wasn't able to run one in for a touchdown. He scurried for 66 yards via 16 carries which meant he averaged 4.1 yards per run. Cornell Powell led the team in receiving yardage by earning 90 yards on 4 catches. He earned an average of 22.5 yards per reception in this contest.
In terms of putting points on the board, the Clemson Tigers are averaging 46.0 points per contest. As a unit they're maintaining an average of 158.3 yards on the ground which has them sitting 71st in the country. The Tigers have tallied 5,043 total yards this year. In terms of notching touchdowns, Clemson has compiled 27 touchdowns through the air and 29 touchdowns via the ground. Regarding yards through the air, the Tigers have allowed 1,966 yards which ranks them 82nd in the nation. In total, they are giving up 302.0 yards/contest which puts them 19th in Division 1. The Tigers rank 27th in the nation regarding their opponents scoring, allowing 18.3 points per game. The opposition is running for 2.9 yards per tote and 105.4 rushing yards per game for the campaign. In their 10 games played this year, they are giving up 196.6 yards per game via the pass and giving up a completion percentage of 51.6%. For the year, they have conceded 1,054 yards via the ground game in 10 games.
For his college career, Lawrence has thrown for a total of 9,376 yds with 86 TD's and 15 picks. Over the course of his time in college, he has left the pocket to run 207 times for a total of 861 yds. His quarterback rating is 165.2 with a TD percentage of 8.2% and an interception rate of 1.4%. He is passing for 246.7 yards per contest. Trevor Lawrence has completed 700 of his career 1,054 throws for a completion percentage of 66.4%.
The last time they played, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish took on the Syracuse Orange and notched a win by a score of 45-21. Ian Book went 24/37 with 285 yards by way of the pass and added 3 touchdowns. He tossed 1 interception for the game. Kyren Williams paced the team on the ground for that game. He broke a long run for 23 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on this day. He rushed for a total of 110 yards on 20 carries which had him averaging 5.5 yards per carry. Javon McKinley led the team in receiving yardage by racking up 111 yards on 7 receptions. He earned an average of 15.9 yards per catch for that game.
For the season to this point, the Fighting Irish have thrown for a total of 2,393 passing yards as well as an average of 239.3 passing yards per game, which ranks 53rd in college football. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have an average of 474.3 yards per game which has them sitting 19th in D-1. They maintain an average of 235.0 rushing yards per game and have run for 2,350 yards for the year. Regarding the points being put on the board, the Fighting Irish sit 18th in Division 1 averaging 37.7 PPG. The Fighting Irish are conceding 17.1 points per game, which has them sitting 24th in Division 1. In total, they have surrendered 171 points. Notre Dame has allowed a total of 997 rushing yards (99.7 yards/game) as well as 10 touchdowns by way of the ground game on the campaign. They have yielded 8 touchdowns through the air and 214.8 yards per contest, which has them in 53rd in D-1.
Book has thrown 72 TD's compared to 19 interceptions in his collegiate career. His TD rate when attempting a pass is 6.7% and his interception rate is 1.8%. He has left the pocket and rushed for 1,497 yds on 336 attempts. He averages 197.7 yards per contest through the air with a 148.5 quarterback rating. In 43 contests in his collegiate career, Ian Book has been successful on 681 of 1,074 tries for a total of 8,499 yds.
Who will win tonight's Tigers/Fighting Irish NCAA football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Fighting Irish +7
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