Zach Lentz

How Trevor Lawrence can be even more dangerous in year 2

As ridiculous as it now sounds, the Fighting Irish initially appeared to be a really tough draw for the ACC champions. Notre Dame’s defense was spearheaded by first round defensive tackle Jerry Tillery, experienced linebackers Te’Von Coney and Drue Tranquill, and free safety Alohi Gilman, who had 94 tackles on the year, regularly in run support.

Finding room to run the ball, Clemson’s specialty on the year (No. 2 in yards per carry), was going to be tough. The Tide looked even tougher.

Instead, Trevor Lawrence took the wheel. On third-down pass attempts in Clemson’s two playoff games, the freshman went 14-of-23 with 343 yards at 14.9 ypa with three touchdowns, zero interceptions, and 13 first downs. Total domination.

The title game’s flow has sparked a lot of debate over whether the Tigers are really now that far ahead of Alabama and how replicable their stunning third down success will be in future games.