Forests are laid low for newsprint, social media explodes and air time is hijacked each time Clemson plays an ACC opponent with a pulse. Inevitably, we are let down. That’s how dominant the Tigers have been in a conference that seldom punches back.
You want to believe, this time, that it’s different. College football is getting all tingly over for No. 1 Clemson vs. No. 4 Notre Dame. COVID-19 has arranged as a conference game what was already one of the biggest matchups of the season between two top-five.
But this is what Clemson historically does in such games …
- 18.5 … The Tigers’ average margin of victory in their last four ACC games involving two top 10 teams.
- 4-0 … Clemson’s record in those games.
- 9-2 … The Tigers’ record since 2016 in games between two top 10 teams.
- 44-2 … Clemson’s conference record in the last six seasons.
- 15 … The Tigers’ road winning streak, the longest active stretch in the country.
- 30-3 … The score Clemson beat Notre Dame by in their last meeting 22 months ago in the College Football Playoff semifinal.
With all due respect to the 6-0 Fighting Irish, we know how what the Tigers can do. How much has Notre Dame progressed since that night in Dallas?
“We’re 29-3 in our last 32 games,” coach Brian Kelly confidently told the media Monday. “We’ve won 12 in a row. You guys decide.”