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Notre Dame can and will have success against Clemson

It won’t be easy for Notre Dame to upset Clemson in the College Football Playoffs semifinal matchup. Vegas set the line at 11.5 in favor of the Tigers and national perception says that the Fighting Irish have nearly no shot to get this win and advance to the National Championship. Clemson is an outstanding team, loaded on both sides of the ball, and very deserving of the praise it receives. However, are these analysts completely wrong in thinking this will be a cake walk for the Tigers?

Earlier this week, 247Sports and Irish Illustrated teamed up to create a video regarding this topic. The latest video features anchorman Kevin Boilard and Fighting Irish insider Tom Loy. The topic discussed was regarding whether or not Notre Dame can have success against a Clemson team that very few teams have been able to do much against.

“Well, I really think this is the best defense Clemson is going to face all season long. They can create some fits for quarterback Trevor Lawrence. When you look big picture, I don’t think a lot of people know how good this defense really is. With Julian Love, you’ve got Julian Okwara, Khalid Kareem, Te’von Coney, they are loaded across the defensive side of the ball. On the flip side, I think there is success to be add in the secondary with Clemson. I’m watching Ian Book. South Carolina had a ton of success in the passing game, so I think Ian Book could light it up, but he’s got to be given time. While everybody is talking about the Clemson defensive line, I think people need to realize that Notre Dame’s defense and their defensive line is really good and so is that quarterback, No. 12.”

As always, feel free to share your take in the comment section below.

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