The next season, as a 6.5-point 'dog again, the Tigers pulled off the upset in a thrilling 35-31 championship victory. Freshman phenom quarterback Trevor Lawrence sliced and diced all over ND's defense. The Tide dominated opponents all season long, but so did the Tigers, and Clemson offers bettors value as an underdog of almost a touchdown. His son, Jesse Bongiovi, was a Notre Dame cornerback.
Some suggested that perhaps this was a sign that the Fighting Irish were the real favorites to win the seminal game and take on the victor of the Alabama-Oklahoma matchup in the national championship game. The sophomore has been electric this season, tossing 41 touchdown passes against only four interceptions. Clemson, ranked No. 2, and Alabama will face off in the playoffs for the fourth year in a row, and have split two title games.
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"Before the playoff game against Notre Dame, we had over 90 plays over 20 yards, 66 plays over 30 yards". In the victory over the Sooners, he completed a staggering 89 percent of his attempts and threw more touchdowns (four) than incompletions (three).