Kelly Gramlich’s Things to Know for Clemson/Notre Dame

#1 Clemson vs. #4 Notre Dame is the highest-ranked matchup of two ACC teams in conference history with a combined ranking of five.

Notre Dame has lost 11 straight and 19 of its last 20 vs. Top-5 opponents, as well as each of its last five Top-5 matchups.

Notre Dame has been a home underdog four times since 2014. The Irish have won every one of those games outright. 

Clemson has won 10 of its last 13 games between Top-10 teams in the College Football Playoff era.  

Clemson has never defeated a Top-5 team on the road. Notre Dame has won 22 straight at Notre Dame Stadium. 

Travis Etienne needs just 70 yards to break the Clemson record for receiving yards by a running back in a single season. Etienne ranks 8th nationally with 161 all-purpose yards per game. 

Clemson’s top-three active players in career sacks are Xavier Thomas (7.5), Tyler Davis (6.5) & James Skalski (6.5). Only Thomas will play on Saturday & he is only available for the 2nd half. 

Ian Book has completed just six passes thrown 20 or more yards downfield this season. However, Notre Dame is averaging 231 rushing yards per game & has 18 rushing TDs this year. 

DJ Uiagalelei passed for 342 yards in his first start vs. Boston College. Book has passed for 340+ vs. FBS team just twice in his career, both times came in the 2018 season.

Ian Book is 26-3 as a starter. DJ Uiagalelei is 1-0. Book’s QB rating this season is 143.9. Uiagalelei’s is 143.2.