Perhaps none of Saturday’s games will have as much impact on the College Football Playoff as the ACC championship game.
No. 2 Notre Dame (10-0) will have the unenviable task of beating No. 4 Clemson (9-1) twice in a season. The Fighting Irish achieved the first half of that feat with a 47-40 double-overtime upset of the Tigers on Nov. 7. Now they’ll have to do it again at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.
This time, Clemson will be able to rely on quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who missed the first matchup with a COVID-19 diagnosis. Will the return of the consensus No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft be enough for the Tigers to get revenge? After all, his absence wasn’t the reason Ian Book led an offensive surge that produced 518 yards in the first meeting.
Assuming the Tigers can exact revenge against Brian Kelly and Co., the question becomes: Will that be enough to boot the Irish from the Playoff discussion? A loss would give the teams a split, and other one-loss teams wouldn’t have that argument to fall back on. If the Irish lose a close one — or at least keep it respectable — the prevailing theory is that they will fall to No. 4, moving Clemson to No. 2.
It promises to be an exciting game, and it could create an incredible discussion. Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from Notre Dame vs. Clemson. Follow for complete results from the 2020 ACC championship game.
Notre Dame vs. Clemson score
Notre Dame vs. Clemson live updates, highlights
All times Eastern
First quarter: Notre Dame 3, Clemson 0
4:24 p.m.: Interception, Notre Dame. Lawrence’s pass is tipped in the air by linebacker Drew White and picked by safety Kyle Hamilton. The Irish will take over at their 37-yard line.
4:23 p.m.: A 9-yard rush by Lawrence, coupled with a 15-yard face mask penalty gets Clemson 24 yards and a first down at the Irish 39.
4:22 p.m.: Now it’s Trevor Lawrence’s turn to withstand the pressure for a nice play. He finds freshman E.J. Williams on the slant for a 15-yard gain on third-and-9, giving Clemson a fresh set of downs at the 36.
4:20 p.m.: Tigers take over at their 20.
4:20 p.m.: The ABC telecast showed a close-up of Book’s hand, which looks a little busted up. Could that factor into his play today?
4:16 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, NOTRE DAME. And Jonathan Doerer absolutely drills the 51-yard field goal to give the Irish an early 3-0 lead with 8:16 left in the first quarter.
4:15 p.m.: This time Clemson’s pressure gets to Book. James Skalski is credited with a 5-yard sack on third-and-8, forcing a 51-yard field goal attempt by Notre Dame.
4:14 p.m.: Another nice play Book, on third-and-9, to maintain pocket presence. He again finds Mayer in the zone for 15 yards and a first down. Irish are driving at the Clemson 30.
4:12 p.m.: The Irish get another first down past midfield but have to take a loss on the first-down play after an errant snap by Josh Lugg. Notre Dame has it second-and-15 at its 49.
4:11 p.m.: Good job by Ian Book to stay in the pocket and not succumb to the pressure on third down. He buys time and finds an open Michael Mayer for a 12-yard gain and first down. Irish are driving at the 38.
4:08 p.m.: Clemson kicks off, and Notre Dame takes over at its 21. Here we go.
This section will be updated once the ACC championship kicks off at roughly 4 p.m. ET.
Notre Dame vs. Clemson start time
- Date: Saturday, Dec. 19
- Kickoff: 4 p.m. ET
- TV channel (national): ABC
- Live stream: fuboTV
Notre Dame vs. Clemson starts at 4 p.m. ET and will follow the Big 12 Championship between No. 10 Oklahoma and No. 6 Iowa State on ABC.
College football schedule: Conference championship games
Friday, Dec. 18
|Pac-12 championship||Oregon 31, No. 13 USC 23|
|C-USA championship||UAB 22, Marshall 13|
|MAC championship||Ball State 38, Buffalo 28|
Saturday, Dec. 19
|Game||Matchup||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|Big 12 championship||No. 12 Oklahoma 27, No. 8 Iowa State 21||—||—|
|Big Ten championship||No. 3 Ohio State 22, No. 15 Northwestern 10||—||—|
|ACC championship||No. 2 Notre Dame vs. No. 4 Clemson||4 p.m.||ABC, fuboTV|
|MWC championship||No. 25 San Jose State vs. Boise State||4:15 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|SEC championship||No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 11 Florida||8 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|AAC championship||No. 20 Tulsa at No. 6 Cincinnati||8 p.m.||ABC, fuboTV|