This is a big week for ACC rivalries. First we have Clemson vs. Miami in death valley where ESPN’s College Game Day will set up shop. Next we have the rivalry that Bobby Bowden started in 1981, Florida State vs. Notre Dame otherwise known as Criminals vs. Catholics.
Miami Hurricanes vs. Clemson Tigers
Saturday, October 10, 2020 – 7:30 PM EDT at Memorial Stadium
No. 1 Clemson football team will take on the No. 7-ranked Miami Hurricanes Saturday in a primetime ACC showdown in Death Valley. ESPN’s College Gameday will be in town making it the marquee CFB matchup of the weekend.
Clemson automatically has an advantage heading into this game with their weapon Trevor Lawrence. The Hurricanes on the other hand have their own weapon in D’Eriq King. King, a transfer from Houston, has passed for 736 yards and six touchdowns, with zero interceptions so far this season. He’s also rushed for 157 yards and a score. Lawrence is a step up completing 73 percent of his passes for 848 yards, with seven touchdowns and no picks.
Clemson isn’t the only one with a near perfect offense here. Miami, aside from King, has running back Cam’Ron Harris who is averaging more than 8 yards per carry and 104 rushing yards per game. Also, their tight end Brevin Jordan already has 15 catches for 212 yards and three scores this year.
Clemson looked sloppy against Virginia, committing eight penalties for 65 yards and missing several tackles while dropping way too many passes, still they came out on top 41-23. The Tigers will clean up their act while they’re in the spotlight Saturday night.
We’re looking at a big offensive game here with lots of touchdowns.
Florida State vs. Notre Dame
Saturday, October 10, 2020 – 7:30 PM EDT at Notre Dame Stadium
Don't think too hard on this one.
Florida State is headed to South Bend with a little bit of momentum after somehow avoiding an embarrassing loss to Jacksonville State. However, Notre Dame is the older and deeper team that has already shown the willingness to turn favorited wins into absolute blowouts this season. But, to FSU’s advantage, Notre Dame hasn’t played in three weeks so maybe they’ll come back rusty.
Notre Dame’s defense has most likely remained solid through the pause of activites, it’s the offense that you always have to worry about. Florida State’s star receiver Tamorrion Terry has yet to find his park this season, and Notre Dame needs to make sure that doesn't happen this weekend.
This is a huge rivalry and the Irish are looking for another shutout. The last time the two schools met was in 2018, when a 4-5 Florida State team lost miserably 42-13. They’ll be looking for revenge here. It’s smarter to take the under with a possible rusty Irish team and a fierce FSU team on the road. Online sportsbook BookMaker has the over at 52 ½, a little more than the rest of the sportsbooks listed so that’s what I’ll be taking.