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NCAAF Totals Pick – #1 Clemson Tigers vs #4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Two Tough Defenses and Explosive Offensive Battle

Our Clemson vs Notre Dame totals pick has the over at 50.0 (-107) and the under at 50.0 (-103). Both ACC teams offer dynamic, high-scoring offenses and stingy defenses. The major question concerning this game is will either defense be able to deter either offense? We find it hard to believe that the Tiger offense will be shut down by the Irish. At the same time, we do think that the Clemson D will, to a degree, control Notre Dame’s offense. But will it be enough ensure an under outcome?

In terms of scoring, the weather forecast is good. The weather in Notre Dame is expected to be clear with the temperature at game time around 64 degrees. This game will be played on November 7, 2020 with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 pm ET at Notre Dame Stadium in Notre Dame, IN. Note, after reading our totals pick for Clemson vs Notre Dame, please also see our spread prediction for this ACC matchup.

Clemson vs Notre Dame Totals Pick – Offenses & Defenses

The Tigers are scoring 46.1 PPG. They are facing a defense that is allowing just 10.3 PPG. However, Notre Dame’s defense has not been challenged by an offense as deep and dynamic as Clemson’s. We do think that Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence will be able to penetrate the Irish D. Along with offering a stellar air attack, the Tigers have a very fine running game.

Notre Dame also brings a high-scoring offense to this game. Averaging 34.8 PPG, the Irish are going up against a defense that is allowing 15.6 PPG. The big question is can Notre Dame QB Ian Book stay on his feet against what is a fearsome sack-attack? Notre Dame also brings a fine rushing game, which should provide some yards and points.

Tigers vs Fighting Irish Spread Pick – Trends

Our analysis above pushes us towards the over. The trends that follow also do the same. Note, in four of Clemson’s last five games, the total has gone over. Additionally, the total has gone over in four of Clemson’s last five games against an ACC opponent. In 11 of the Tigers’ last 15 contests in week 10, the total has gone over. For the Fighting Irish, in week 10, the total has been over in 12 of Notre Dame’s last 16 games. However, when the Irish have been the underdog, the total has gone under in four of their last six games.

Clemson vs Notre Dame Totals Pick – Final Word

Our Clemson vs Notre Dame totals pick looks at this contest as a huge battle between two high-flying offenses and two touch-as-nails defenses. We do think that the Tigers will break through and score a solid 40 points, while Notre Dame has a shot at putting at least 20 points on the scoreboard. With those points in mind, we’re taking the over at 50.0 (-107).

Clemson Tigers vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Summary

Totals – Over 50.0 (-107)


Paul has been writing about sports betting and sports for more than a decade, offering picks on the NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA, as well as on college sports and European football. He's written thousands of season and post-season previews, innumerable articles on sports betting strategies, and various books on sports and sports betting.

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