The final thoughts, a few predictions, and some investment advice for the College Football Playoff Allstate Sugar and Capital One Orange bowls to make your life a heck of a lot better than it currently is.
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It took you long enough to get here. Let’s get this four team College Football Playoff thing started.
This is all just for spits, giggles, and entertainment purposes only. However, just in case you dabble …
Saturday, December 29th
4:00, ESPN, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Notre Dame vs. Clemson
– The NCAA does all this drug testing, and just three guys get nailed?
Either the NCAA drug testing is a silly joke, or it colossally screwed up, Dexter Lawrence and company somehow managed to do the impossible and get caught.
– Doesn’t it seem like Clemson should be a bit more … what’s the word? Mad? If my NFL franchise-caliber defensive tackle was unfairly and unjustly ruled out of the College Football Playoff just days before it kicked off, I’d be going batspit nuclear. Triple that if I’m Lawrence.
– You don’t get better by losing a 6-4, 350-pound freakish athlete from the defensive interior, but it’s Clemson. It has more freakish athletes to choose from. Albert Huggins will be more than fine – and he’ll likely be in the NFL – and so will sophomore Nyles Pinckney will eventual get at east a cup of coffee.
– The bored media who sits around desperate for anything to discuss and file are trying to create a narrative that isn’t there. The idea of the Lawrence thing being a “distraction” only matters if Clemson loses. Players aren’t going to sit in that locker room before the game and think, “oh, well Dexter Lawrence isn’t playing … I’m distracted. I can’t focus.”
– The 42-14 loss to Alabama in the 2013 BCS Championship seems to keep getting brought up, and it’s not relevant. What does matter is how much the team struggled against USC to close things out and against Pitt, Vanderbilt and Ball State.
– Clemson’s woes against the South Carolina passing game have sort of been blown off. If Ian Book gets Jake Bentley hot, the Irish can absolutely pull this off.
– Clemson’s best wins are against Texas A&M on the road in a fight, and South Carolina. The team has been dominant against the mediocre, but it doesn’t have a win like Notre Dame has over Michigan.
– I think Clemson will win. You think Clemson will win. Notre Dame thinks Clemson is going to win. Just … think about Notre Dame and the +350 on the money line no matter what. Again, the Tiger wins have been a weeeeee bit soft. and the Irish are really, really jacked up.
– The line didn’t care too much about the Dexter Lawrence news. It opened at ten, moved up to Clemson -13.5, and has settled in at 12.5. That’s partly because Notre Dame money came in from the fan base that’s jacked up to see its team. The line might artificially go down a bit more just before game time.
– It would be nice if it was back to 13, but that’s not happening. Even so, go ahead and like the Irish with the points – this is an explosive team going against a talented Clemson squad that, again, hasn’t faced too many great teams.
– Clemson gets a fight, Notre Dame is solid, and it’s an entertaining appetizer. Like the Irish, love the over on the 56.5 that keeps going up.