For the sixth time this season, Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit and the College GameDay team are heading to ACC country – this time for the conference championship game.
The game between No.2 Notre Dame and No.3 Clemson is special for several reasons, and not just because the decidedly independent Fighting Irish are part of a conference championship game. This is also the first time since the 2012 BCS Championship game between No.1 LSU and No.2 Alabama that “GameDay” has featured the same game twice in a season: the show was in South Bend, Ind. , In week 10 to watch the Irish ranked fourth overthrow Clemson 47-40 in double overtime.
And that’s not even considering the Implications of the college football qualifiers heavy in Saturday’s game. A loss almost ensures that Dabo Swinney will miss the Playoffs for the first time since 2014. Notre Dame has a lot more leeway and can still squeeze in if Clemson wins one up close. Would an eruption put the Fighting Irish out of action? Maybe, but at least Brian Kelly can say his team have parted ways with Clemson this season.
Then there’s the return of quarterback Trevor Lawrence to face the Irish; the choice of consensus n ° 1 was absent during the first meeting due to a diagnosis of COVID-19. Backup DJ Uiagalelei was more than fixable as a replacement for Lawrence (he completed 29 of 44 passes for 429 yards and two touchdowns, adding another on the ground). Can Lawrence improve this performance?
We’ll see. Until then, here’s everything you need to know to watch “GameDay” as it presents an overview of the game from Charlotte, NC.
Where is the ‘College GameDay’ for Conference Championship Week?
- Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
- Match: N ° 2 Notre Dame vs N ° 4 Clemson
This will only be the second time “GameDay” has traveled to Charlotte, NC for the CCA Championship game. The first time came in 2017, under similar circumstances: Clemson, the highest ranked at one loss, and Miami, seventh, were fighting for the place in the conference playoffs. The Tigers won easily, beating the Hurricanes 38-3 in this game. In all, this will be Notre Dame’s 32nd game on the show; the Irish have 14-17 all time. As for Clemson, this will be their 27th game in the series; the Tigers have a more impressive 17-9 record.
‘College GameDay’ program on ESPN
- TV channel: ESPN
- Start time: 9 am ET
Davis’ College GameDay crew Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack to provide live varsity football action of the conference championship week from Charlotte, NC Corso, whose health is at highest risk if he contracts COVID-19, has established a remote office in his house.
The game will air on ABC, with the kickoff scheduled for 4 p.m. ET.
“GameDay” is expected to make its next appearance on New Years Day, choosing between Rose bowl and Sugar. The matches of these semi-finals will be determined after Saturday’s matches.
|The week||Match||Location||Guest selector||Corso Headgear||Result|
|2||N ° 1 Clemson in Wake Forest||Winston-Salem, North Carolina||Chris Paul||Tigers||Clemson 37 , Wake Forest 13|
|3||No 17 Miami at No 18 Louisville||Louisville, Ky.||Bill Murray||Hurricanes||Miami 47 , Louisville 34|
|4||Florida State at # 12 Miami||Coral Gables, Florida||Stugotz||Hurricanes||Miami 52, Florida State 10|
|5||No 7 Auburn at No 4 Georgia||Athens, Georgia||Omari hardwick||Bulldogs||Georgia 27, Auburn 6|
|6||# 7 Miami to # 1 Clemson||Clemson, SC||Alex rodriguez||Tigers||Clemson 42, Miami 17|
|seven||Georgia # 3 to # 2 Alabama||Tuscaloosa, Ala.||Derrick Henry||Crimson Tide||Alabama 41, Georgia 24|
|8||No.18 Michigan to No.21 Minnesota||Minneapolis||Vince vaughn||wolverines||Michigan 49, Minnesota 24|
|9||No 3 Ohio State to No 18 Penn State||University Park, Pennsylvania.||Trace McSorley||Buckeyes||Ohio State 38, Penn State 25|
|ten||No.1 Clemson at No.4 Notre Dame||South Bend, Ind.||Chase claypool||Fighting the Irish||Notre Dame 47, Clemson 40 (2OT)|
|11||The Masters||Augusta, Georgia.||Jack nicklaus||Brooks koepka||Dustin Johnson|
|12||Oklahoma State # 14 to Oklahoma # 18||Norman, Okla.||Bring young people||Soon||Oklahoma 41, Oklahoma State 13|
|13||No.22 Auburn at No.1 Alabama||Tuscaloosa, Ala.||Joe namath||Crimson Tide||Alabama 42, Auburn 13|
|14||No.9 BYU at No.14 Coastal Carolina||Conway, South Carolina||Dustin Johnson||Cougars||Coastal Carolina 22, BYU 17|
|15||Navy to Army||West Point, NY||Condoleezza rice||Aspirants||Army 15, Navy blue 0|
|16||N ° 2 Notre Dame vs N ° 4 Clemson||Charlotte, North Carolina||Joel McHale||Tigers||To be determined|
Who is the guest coach at the College GameDay for Conference Championship week?
Actor Joel McHale – known for hosting “The Soup” and his role on “Community” – will be the celebrity picker for “GameDay”. McHale has no affiliation with Clemson or Notre Dame, but was a member of the Washington football team’s practice squad.
Odds Notre Dame vs. Clemson
Clemson is considered a 7-1 / 2-point favorite in the rematch against Notre Dame. Bill Bender of Sporting News picks Tigers for win 33-24 and cover.