2018 CFB Semi-Final Cotton Bowl - #2 Clemson vs #3 Notre Dame thread

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  1. IrishLAX2

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    Here for the shit posting
     
  2. VoodooChild5

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    ACC speed getting this thread up
     
  3. cutig

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    Rundown on the ND team? Honestly didn't watch much outside of the Michigan game which doesn't really help
     
  4. NST

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    Yeah haven’t watched much ND except for parts of the blowouts over Cuse and VT.

    What’s the scouting report?
     
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    Good day sirs
     
  6. FriendsofJtyler

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  7. billdozer

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  8. Corch

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    Clemson by 40
     
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  9. Beeds07

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    Hello Clemson. I want to go on record now as saying my best away game experience was at Clemson in a tsunami. That said, please provide a list of shitposters to ban so we can all enjoy this.
     
  10. IrishLAX2

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    Officially the Cotton Bowl
     
  11. billdozer

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    Beeds07
     
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  12. VoodooChild5

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    That was such a great game.
     
  13. FriendsofJtyler

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    IHHH
    Kyle
     
  14. Beeds07

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    I have that fucker blocked already
     
  15. VoodooChild5

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    So hard to dislike Dabo
     
  16. billdozer

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    Last game got us this too
     
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  17. CloudBerry

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    I hope the Pope of Clemson makes this one.
     
  18. Irush

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    Really not excited to see Renfrow have the game of his life
     
  19. billdozer

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  20. bcuga

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    Idk I can see ND giving Clemson a great game
     
  21. IrishLAX2

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    Kickoff times released at 3pm est
     
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  22. VoodooChild5

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    11.5 seems a little high at first glance
     
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  23. NST

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    But does it even matter? The natty is already settled
     
  24. bcuga

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    This is true but since they have to play these games I think ND is being underestimated
     
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  25. Irush

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    We can still have fun and be friends, man
     
  26. H/T

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    I for one am not taking ND lightly. I don't know enough about them to truly say Clemson will roll.

    It's hard enough to go 13-0 to just assume we won't slip up in game 14. Plus I think Kelly is a good enough coach to come up with some wrinkles for Lawrence and on the offensive side of the ball.
     
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  27. cutig

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    Kelly is coaching our offense too eh. Bold move
     
  28. IrishLAX2

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    Can your corners handle big, physical WRs?

    If so, we’ll have a really bad time.

    If not, this will be a game.
     
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  29. H/T

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    Worded wrong. Meant that defensively they should be able to challenge Lawrence, and offensively they should be able to add plenty to challenge our D.
     
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  30. Irush

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    I’ll challenge your D
     
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  31. Lyrtch

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    corners yes

    but our safeties can't cover anything
     
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  32. NST

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    The corners are tall. Mullen is 6’1 and Terrell is 6’2.

    Texas A&M has a lot of luck against them with jump ball type plays, and if your guys make those kind of 50/50 catches you will probably win.

    South Carolina had a lot of luck with their smaller slot guys and TEs on our safeties.

    Nobody else had much success at all passing on us.
     
  33. cutig

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    Our corners are very good.
     
  34. IrishLAX2

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    Well we have a Renfrow-lite at slot WR (small, white, walk on) so that will be fun to watch then.

    Bad news is our nickel corner position is currently in flux, so Renfrow will likely have a huge game.
     
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  35. VoodooChild5

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    We’ve been really good at jump balls and we’ve got good tight ends and a good slot receiver.
     
  36. beist

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    Sometimes when the computer cheats on NCAA I take over the other team for one play and just run backwards through the end zone. I wonder if Kelly will think of that.
     
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  37. NST

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    We usually play a 6’3 220lb hybrid LB/S against the slot. Last year we made it work with Dorian ODaniel, but this year our guy isn’t quite that good and has had some bad moments.

    Our third corner is a good athlete and has had some decent moments in his career but he’s been deep in the doghouse since getting suspended for the Cuse game for sneaking his cell phone on the field against GT.

    I am very interested if there’s an adjustment somewhere in our defense to play an extra true DB against y’all. If you guys don’t kill us for not doing it, Bama surely will.
     
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  38. NST

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    We are pretty good there too, but if you watched the Clemson-A&M game that was an entirely different level of good (or fortunate)
     
  39. VoodooChild5

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    Bob Davie did that ended up getting Jarious Jackson’s knee hurt.

    And then we lost to USC the next week.


    Thanks Bob.
     
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  40. Irush

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    Wow

    We’ve already lost
     
  41. billdozer

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    S&P+ quick breakdown

    • S&P+ Rk: Clemson second, Notre Dame sixth
    • Off. S&P+ Rk: Clemson seventh, Notre Dame 26th
    • Def. S&P+ Rk: Clemson first, Notre Dame fourth
    • Special Teams S&P+ Rk: Notre Dame 62nd, Clemson 99th
    • S&P+ projection: Clemson by 7.3
    How’d they get here? By not losing! Clemson faced a schedule that was barely easier than UCF’s but plowed through it, struggling early against Texas A&M and Syracuse but cruising after Trevor Lawrence assumed the starting QB job. The Tigers have faced only two teams in the S&P+ top 40 since the A&M game but won those games by a combined 55 points. Notre Dame, meanwhile, took down Michigan in the season opener, named Ian Book its starter in the fourth game, and was barely tested thereafter. The Irish also didn’t face the most rigorous set of tests, but a mostly dominant defense kept them mostly out of harm’s way.

    What’s Clemson’s biggest advantage? Quite simply, the Tigers should be able to render the Irish offense one-dimensional. Clemson has the best run defense in America — first in Rushing S&P+ and first in the eye test, to be honest — and while Notre Dame’s run game improved once running back Dexter Jackson returned from suspension (he rushed for 941 yards in just eight games) it is still an all-or-nothing unit.

    Jackson’s explosiveness is great, but if he’s primarily carving out one- or two-yard chunks, Book is going to find himself passing a lot on second-and-9 or third-and-8. Oh yeah, and Clemson’s got a top-10 sack rate as well. Scary combination.

    What’s Notre Dame’s biggest advantage? Lawrence hasn’t really looked much like a freshman quarterback this season, but in the biggest game of his life, Notre Dame could be able to force him to play steady ball because of elite big-play prevention. The Irish gave up only 12 gains of 30-plus yards all season and rank in the top five of most of my advanced explosiveness categories.

    Mind you, Clemson’s offense is plenty explosive. Backs Travis Etienne, Lyn-J Dixon, and Adam Choice have combined to average a staggering 8.4 yards per carry, and the receiving corps is overloaded with downfield weapons. But if the Irish can force Lawrence to simply make a lot of plays and remain patient, the moment might catch up to him at some point. Or not! But if Notre Dame figures out a way to pull the upset, it’ll probably come from forcing Clemson to work more methodically than it wants to.
     
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  42. VoodooChild5

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    Can’t believe you guys have a worse special teams ranking than us.
     
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  43. Trop

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  44. Josey Wales

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    This is the ACC championship game that never happened.
     
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  45. Trop

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    Youre in for a treat!
     
  46. lomcevak

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  47. laxjoe

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    Yup we'll have to get the short passing game going to make up for the lack of run game. We've been very successful with that this year, but who knows what that will look like in Dallas.

    Don't expect to win, but I hope it's a good game.
     
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  48. cutig

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    Wait until you see the dumpster we trot out as a punter
     
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  49. Trop

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    And if you want to win, do not even think about testing our safeties. Because they aren't our weakness at all. Nope. Don't do it.
     
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