Just how good is Notre Dame?
Did you see that? Notre Dame took down Number 1 Clemson in Double Overtime...wait Clemson didn't have their Front Running Heisman Trophy Candidate Quarterback Trevor Lawrence. This victory fills in some answers but also leaves some questions that also need to be answered...let's investigate.
Clemson backup QB DJ Ulagalelei played very well under the lights, throwing for 439 yards and 2 TDs, while running for 2 yards and picking up another TD on the ground. Fellow Heisman Trophy candidate (to Lawrence) carried the ball 18 times for 28 yards against a very stout Notre Dame run defense, he also caught 8 passes for 57 yards showcasing to NFL scouts what a versatile talent he is. On the other side of the Ian Book managed the game well throwing 39 times, for 310 yards and a touchdown. The real story of the game is Kyren Williams running for 140 yards on 23 carries, scoring 3 TDs.
Clearly Notre Dame came to play and based on their remaining schedule likely have won their way into a CFB playoff spot. They played well and up to their opponents caliber. I think Lawrence being out due to COVID protocols was the difference maker. Then again maybe Notre Dame had a bad day and squeaked a win out.
I don't think there's an analyst out there that will tell you that Trevor Lawrence under center to start this game and Clemson comes away with a convincing victory. Then again this is just one mans opinion...