Clemson notches a top-10 nonconference game when they travel to South Bend

Though they haven’t played many games, Clemson and Notre Dame have a history recent history of exciting matchups. According to On3’s Mike Huguenin, this year’s game between the Tigers and the Fighting Irish ranks No. 6 on his best non-conference games of the 2022 season.

It has been over a season since the teams last met, but both teams should be looking to prove something, especially at the time of the year when this game will take place. This game scheduled to be played at Notre Dame Stadium on Nov. 5th, 2022, has the making of a possible College Gameday selection.

Here’s what Huguenin had to say via On3:

These teams met twice in 2020, when COVID led to the Irish playing a full ACC schedule; the Irish won in the regular season, Clemson won the rematch in the ACC title game and both went to the College Football Playoff. As this point in April, neither looks like a potential CFP team this season, and by the time this game rolls around, there could be a loss or two (or three) for each. Still, it should be an important late-season game for both in terms of bowl positioning.

He’s not wrong, but I think he may be too low on Clemson’s overall outlook. It’s pretty early to say Clemson doesn’t look like a potential College Football Playoff team. They have all the tools, and according to Vegas sportsbooks, the Tigers have the 4th best odds to win the CFP National Championship.

Looking at the list, I also think there’s room for Clemson to push out a few other teams on this list with their rivalry week game against South Carolina on Nov. 26 at Clemson Memorial Stadium. With the addition of Spencer Rattler, there’s a wide range of outcomes for that South Carolina team.


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