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

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  1. cutig

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    Outside of like 2 posters ND is solid on TMB
     
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  2. clemsontyger04

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  3. 40wwttamgib

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    Whoever wins the game, whether it be ND or Clemson, I want to do Bama dirty in the finals
     
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  4. White Tajh Boyd

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    How much time ya got buddy?
     
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  5. IHHH

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  6. Irush

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    :(
     
  7. hawk217

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  8. Juke Coolengody

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    Pretty solid assessment.

    I would say that using the USC game as a barometer doesn't necessarily do our secondary (particularly corners) justice. Troy Pride (who you guys are probably familiar with because he was a highly regarded guy from SC) has been banged up the past several weeks, and our overall game plan in the first half had as much to do with USC's success as our personnel (i.e. I'd say the players weren't put in a great position, thus somewhat poor results were to be expected). The consensus is that Pride will have a chance to get healthy over the next several weeks. Julian Love battled pretty well with JJ Arcega Whiteside earlier this year and is considered a first to second round talent. We have the guys to battle with your talent on the outside. In the slot we are fucked though, as others within the ND contingent have already mentioned. Our starting nickel DB missed the whole season and we've struggled to find the right personnel mix to effectively cover the slot while keeping our top 2 corners on the outside.

    Another general thing to note is that our raw defensive stats are slightly skewed by the number of snaps that were played this season. In per play statistics, ND is stronger than what the raw total statistics in the write up suggest. ND finished 8th nationally in yards per play, which I think is more indicative of the success that side of the ball has had for us this year. We played several teams that are among the leaders in the country in offensive plays run and also haven't been great in 3rd/4th down conversions, so the number of snaps played pushes those totals up.

    Also, ND has been impressive at making halftime adjustments this year, which seems like a weird thing to mention but it's something that has legitimately stuck out this season versus others. I'm usually one to downplay success/failure in that department, but the coordinators we currently have on staff are great minds that aren't afraid to alter the game plan and play off of certain opponent tendencies in real time. I'm too lazy to look up the stats, but ND has been elite in the 3rd quarter this season. With that said, we've not consistently gotten off to good starts offensively. I think coming out sharp in the first couple of offensive drives will be key for us. That doesn't necessarily mean scoring drives - referring more towards clean & mistake free football (somehow we fumbled the ball away on the first offensive drive of consecutive games).

    Last thought - as a ND fan, if Alize Mack is the designated X-factor for us in the game offensively (as he suggests), then that's a little unnerving for us. Although he's been more consistent this year and has a ton of talent, him stepping up in a given game/situation is not really a bankable proposition on our end. Overall, I think we can win if we play our A game, but obviously a lot of things have to come together for that to happen.
     
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  9. BlazingRebel

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  10. billdozer

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    How Did Clemson and Notre Dame Perform Against Common Opponents
    After Clemson’s matchup against Pittsburgh in the ACC Championship game, the Tigers and the Fighting Irish share four common opponents: Syracuse, Wake Forest, Florida State, and now Pittsburgh. Despite sometimes being played in different venues, each team’s performances in these games actually paints a meaningful picture of how they compare heading into their Cotton Bowl matchup.
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    The first thing that stands out is that Notre Dame blew out Syracuse, while Clemson needed some Chase Brice heroics to salvage a victory, but after that you see Clemson won by 78 more total points over the other three games. When you dig into it a bit more, what’s really interesting is where those differences come from:
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    The defensive performances were relatively similar as Clemson has allowed 11 fewer points (2.8 fewer points allowed per game) than Notre Dame against their four common opponents. The Tiger offense however has posted 38 more points (9.5 more points per game!) in these four games than the Irish.

    Both teams have had mid-season QB changes, which means season-long statistics can somewhat underrate the offenses, which improved once turning to more pass-oriented QBs. That said, Trevor Lawrence started all three of these games (though he left just before halftime of the Syracuse game), while Ian Book started three of the four (Wimbush started against Florida State).

    It’s challenging to assess Notre Dame’s offense because of the QB change a quarter way through the year and RB Dexter Williams being suspended for the first four games. On the year, S&P+ ranks it 26th. After scoring just 23 points per game in their first three contests, they switched to QB Ian Book and blew up for 56 points in their next game. It was against Wake Forest though, so that’s only so impressive. From that point forward, they played 7 games in which they had both QB Ian Book and RB Dexter Williams. In those games they averaged a very solid 34 points per games. Clemson averaged 45 points per game (42 if you exclude the ridiculousness against Louisville).

    This is the Trevor Lawrence effect. With an elite passing attack that fully leverages our WRs in the 9-spot - Higgins and Ross - the Tigers offense rates closer to Alabama’s vaunted 2018 attack than Notre Dame’s solid, but hardly lauded offense. (Interesting side note: OU’s #1 offense has such a big lead over everyone else that Clemson is closer to Notre Dame and OU.)

    The Tigers defense may be somewhat stronger than Notre Dame’s, but it’s the Tiger offense that gives them a major advantage and makes them worthy of the double-digit spread the oddsmakers have given them.

    The one worry that jumps out about Notre Dame’s offense comes from their WR Miles Boykin. Boykin has 803 yards and 8 TDs. Clemson shut down NC State’s star WR Kelvin Harmon (2 catches, 13 yards), but got burned by South Carolina’s star WR Deebo Samuel (10 catches, 210 yards, 3 TDs). If the Tigers can hold Boykin to a pedestrian performance, the Fighting Irish may not be able to score enough to best the Tigers.
     
  11. billdozer

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  12. Trop

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  13. laxjoe

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    yeah we don't have close to the depth that clemson does. i'm sure he stepped off the field at some point, but it's not an exaggeration to say coney (our mlb) played 99% of the snaps this year. tranquil would have done the same but he broke his hand and had a high ankle sprain that forced him to miss some time. *if* either of those guys go out for an extended period of time, we won't be able to stop clemson (if we're able to at all)
     
  14. cutig

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    That was the same deal as our 2015 team, and one of the major drivers for our rotation strategy. That team was shot by the end of the year
     
  15. NilesIrish

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    Your hatred for ND is fun.
     
  16. laxjoe

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    i hope BK does a better job with that going forward. our defensive recruiting has been elevated the past couple years (specifically as it relates to depth if not top-line players) so we should be able to rotate more (we were finally able to do that on the DL this year, just not at LB yet). but i was always jealous this year when i'd hear clemson played 70 players in a game or whatever the numbers were.
     
  17. Trop

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    Hey pal, I speak for the entire nation :americafuckyeah: when I say hatefully charged statements that are factually correct.

    Im fully expecting you guys to meltdown like you did in 2015 after we beat that ass.
     
  18. laxjoe

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    section 441. way up high, but on the 35 yard line. lets. fucking. go.
     
  19. billdozer

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    I think for 4 straight road games we played every player on the travel roster. The next one we played 70/72. We regularly play 50+ in the first quarter/half.
     
  20. IHHH

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    You already melted down twice over Nd wins this season
     
  21. cutig

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    Venables wasn't a fan when we started but said he gets it after seeing the results. In 2015 we just had garbage for depth on the defense. After that we our recruiting picked up so subbing more was possible against good competition. Imagine it helps with recruiting now too because nearly everyone gets their chance on the field if they earn it in practice
     
  22. NilesIrish

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    Bro....Let's do this.
     
  23. laxjoe

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    #Dallas Cowboys i thought i saw you should try and get parking based on your seat location, but i can't find that information now. if i'm in section 441, where should i try and buy a parking pass? or does it not matter?
     
  24. laxjoe

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    this is what i was referring to. should i try and get lot 10 or 11?
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    edit again: my choices are 13, 14, or 15. thoughts?
     
  25. NilesIrish

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  26. IanC

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  27. IanC

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    Is Trop Kyle or what? It seems like he's Kyle
     
  28. cutig

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    If he was Kyle you wouldn't have to ask
     
  29. Equinsu ocha

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    Willing to tell you who Trop is for 2 tickets to the game.
     
  30. NilesIrish

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    trop is a congressman
     
  31. FriendsofJtyler

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    Why am I not surprised. :facepalm:

    He’s terrible on every board he posts on.
     
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  32. Equinsu ocha

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    Way to ruin my grift
     
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  33. theregionsitter

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    Clemson fans I was checking out your recruiting classes to see how your squad was put together. Ya’lls senior and junior classes are nasty

    Why though has your OL cruiting fallen off a cliff recently? It’s very reminiscent of what happened to FSU under Jimbo which has got to terrify you guys
     
  34. skiedfrillet

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    That question has permeated our private board for years
     
  35. FriendsofJtyler

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    It’s not exactly a great situation (our OL coach is a good developer but not a great recruiter). To be fair though, FSUs issues are much greater than just their oline. We’re in really good shape outside of OL, and maybe safety which has been hit or miss.
     
  36. NST

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    Jimbo recruited four star OL in great quantity- they just sucked. Our situation is a little different but I get your point.

    Look at our 2013 and 2014 classes- we took 4 OL total those two classes and it worked out pretty well for their careers.

    It is our worst recruiting area by far, but if we can close with Putnam we already have a promising group committed for next year.
     
  37. theregionsitter

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    Florida kids are mostly overrated trash these days especially on the OL. That state produces 50 “four stars” every year and most of them disappear to never be seen again after signing day

    ND just decided to quit recruiting Florida all together and move those yearly scholarships to Kentucky, Georgia, and Tennessee kids instead

    Has worked out very well so far
     
  38. NST

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    We recruit FL but we are generally pretty selective with our offers. It has also worked out well for us. Lots of NFL players with relatively few head cases.

    CB Trayvon Mullen is our only starter from FL right now.

    We have several from FL in this upcoming class though, including Chez Mellusi, a RB we beat y’all out for.
     
  39. Wicket

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    the ND part of the story here is that apparently the staff told him not to come
     
  40. theregionsitter

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    The story from the ND side is Chez called ND saying he wanted to take an official over the summer and ND said no. ND wanted to slow play Chez. He committed to y’all shortly after.

    ND wanted Kyren Williams or Steele Chambers more. They got Williams, so it worked out for everyone I think
     
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  41. White Tajh Boyd

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    I think you might be surprised if you go back and look where our past classes rank nationally, not just on the OL but overall. Great hit rate + development + 5 stars sprinkled in has been our winning recipe. We leave the star chasing and underachieving to the Georgias.
     
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  42. Trop

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    I love how you care about your e-cred. Cute.
     
  43. Trop

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    Hows the club level at jerry world?
     
  44. Tony Perkis

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    Thanks
     
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