Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Clemson Tigers Prediction, Picks and Game Preview - 11/04/2023

by Rod Pearson

Thursday, Nov 02, 2023
Game Time: 12:00 pm ET, Saturday, November 4, 2023
Venue:  Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC
Where to Watch:  ABC

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  ND -3, Clemson +3; Over/Under:  45 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  ND -3, Clemson +3; Over/Under:  45 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  ND -3, Clemson +3; Over/Under:  44.5 points

Season Record

Notre Dame Fighting Irish:  7-2 (FBS Independents)
Clemson Tigers:  4-4 (2-4) (10th place, ACC)

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish:  won their last game at home against the Pittsburgh Panthers 58-7.
Clemson Tigers:  lost their last game on the road against the North Carolina State Wolfpack 24-17.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Clemson Tigers Preview and Analysis

Notre Dame is entering this game with a 7-2 record overall and they have a 0-0 record in their conference games too. They are 4-1 in their home games, 2-1 in their road games, and they are also 1-0 in their neutral site games this season, but they will be on the road for this game. They won their last game against Pittsburgh 58-7. Sam Hartman was the starting QB and he completed 18/25 passes for 288 passing yards, 0 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. Audric Estime led the team in rushing yards with 114 and 3 TDs. Rico Flores Jr. led the receivers with 72 receiving yards on 2 receptions. JD Bertrand led the defense in that game with 4 solo tackles and 1 assisted tackle while Marist Liufau and Jordan Botelho each led the defense in sacks with 1. Xavier Watts came away with 2 interceptions for them while Christian Gray and Jaden Mickey each had 1 interception in that game.
Clemson is entering this game with a 4-4 record overall and they have a 2-4 record in their conference games too. They are 3-1 in their home games, 1-3 in their road games, and they are also 0-0 in their neutral site games this season, but they will be at home for this game. They lost their last game against NC State 24-17. Cade Klubnik was the starting QB and he completed 33/50 passes for 263 passing yards, 0 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. Phil Mafah led the team in rushing yards with 84 and 2 TDs. Jake Briningstool led the receivers with 93 receiving yards on 8 receptions. Jeremiah Trotter Jr. led the defense in that game with 4 solo tackles and 2 assisted tackles while Ruke Orhorhoro, Barrett Carter, and Wade Woodaz each led the defense in sacks with 1. No one on the defense came away with an interception for them in that game.

Notre Dame vs Clemson Prediction

The current betting odds have Clemson listed as a 3 point underdog in this game according to Draftkings Sportsbook. Clemson has been terrible this season by their own standards as they are only 4-4 overall and their biggest struggles have come in conference play as they are only 2-4 this season. They have been good in their home games though with their 3-1 home record and they still have a really strong home advantage in their building. Notre Dame has looked really good this season with their 7-2 record overall but their 2 losses did come against teams with really good defenses and that is something this Clemson team still has. They also have the experience of playing against Sam Hartman from his days at Wake Forest so the Clemson defense does have an edge in this game since they have been playing well this year. Clemson is also going to be looking to bounce back at home after 2 straight road losses and they will be motivated against a ranked team to prove they are not as bad as the way they have played this season. The best way to place a bet here is on Clemson to cover the spread in this game. 

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NCAAF Betting Trends

Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 22-12 ATS in all games. 16-9 ATS as a favorite. 11-2 ATS against ACC opponents. 14-7 UNDER after scoring 50 points or more last game. 14-8 UNDER after 2 straight games where 60 total points or more were scored.

Clemson Tigers: 6-11 ATS in home games. 5-12 ATS off 1 or more consecutive unders. 6-13 ATS off an upset loss to a conference rival as a favorite of 6 or more. 21-9 UNDER off a road loss against a conference rival. 14-7 UNDER after a 2 game road trip. 

Key Injuries

Notre Dame Fighting Irish:  M. Evans (TE) out for season - Knee. C. Salerno (P) out for season - Leg. K. Bauman (TE) out for season - Knee. K. Smith (WR) Out indefinitely - Shoulder.

Clemson Tigers:  W. Shipley (RB) Ques Sat - Concussion. T. Brown (WR) Ques Sat - Undisclosed. J. Haynes (RB) Out indefinitely - Ankle. R. Mickens (S) Out indefinitely - Appendix. A. Williams (WR) Out indefinitely - Toe. W. Parks (OL) out for season - Lower Body. M. Kelley (UT) out for season - Redshirt. V. Burley (DL) out for season - Knee. C. Turner (WR) out for season - Hip.

Notable Quotes

“It’s a bunch of coaches and players that aren’t satisfied that constantly are striving to improve. That’s the sprint. That’s the sense of urgency we have to improve. It’s not to just win. It’s not to, you know, all of a sudden get this outcome. It’s really to improve, and we’re getting closer and closer every week to reaching that full potential." - Marcus Freeman after his team’s win against Pitt in their last game. 

"He's been very successful. I mean, you can tell, just look at his career path. I mean, everything he's done, he's been successful at it. And, you know, he's got a great reputation. Obviously, I've got some pretty good intel on who he is with Chansi [Stuckey] in there. And, you know, just a, just a really good football coach, but just a great leader, you know, he's an excellent leader. And to lead a program like that, to be hired for a job like that, that's not a decision that they make on a whim. Great defensive coordinator prior to coming in there and good players. Well, so he's done a heck of a job. Really, really good job." - Dabo Swinney on Marcus Freeman ahead of his team’s game against Notre Dame this week.

Starting Lineups

Notre Dame Fighting Irish
WR Flores Jr., Rico 
WR Thomas, Jayden 
WR Tyree, Chris 
TE Evans, Mitchell 
QB Hartman, Sam 
RB Estimé, Audric

Clemson Tigers
WR Randall, Adam 
WR Collins, Beaux 
WR Brown, Tyler 
TE Briningstool, Jake 
QB Klubnik, Cade 
RB Shipley, Will

Statistical Leaders

Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Passing: S. Hartman (2126)
Rushing: A. Estime (901)
Receiving: M. Evans (422)
Touchdowns: A. Estime (12)

Clemson Tigers
Passing: C. Klubnik (1947)
Rushing: W. Shipley (515)
Receiving: B. Collins (408)
Touchdowns: P. Mafah (6)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish: Marcus Freeman (3rd season)
Clemson Tigers: Dabo Swinney (16th season)

Rod Pearson

About the Author:

Rod Pearson has been a rabid sports fan his entire life.  He grew up in Ontario, and was skilled in both hockey and baseball, and pitched in an elite baseball league for many years.  In 2022, Rod decided to hang up his glove, so that he could write about the sports he loves -- but from a gambling perspective.  Join Rod every day as he breaks down the games to find the best betting value.

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