ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit and Rece Davis were in Atlanta yesterday at the College Football Hall of Fame and talked about the Notre Dame – Clemson showdown in the Cotton Bowl Classic – Notre Dame’s first appearance in the College Football Playoffs. Both Herbie and Davis talked about how Notre Dame has to get to Trevor Lawrence in order to slow down the Clemson offense. The Irish defense has been able to generate pressure with just their front four most of the year but will be facing their toughest challenge yet in Dallas.
Davis specifically mentioned that he does not think this is a situation like 2012 when Notre Dame was blown out in the BCS Championship by Alabama and that Notre Dame is better now than they were then. He said that he felt Clemson was clearly the better team, but that Notre Dame would be competitive. Davis also mentions that Clemson has some vulnerability in the backend of their defense and that Ian Book and the Irish passing game could have success on them if they can protect Book.