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ESPN FPI Clemson vs. Notre Dame Prediction

Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers reacts after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 09: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers reacts after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

We're a few short days away from this year's College Football Playoff semifinal games. Clemson vs. Notre Dame takes the afternoon spot on Saturday.

The two teams will meet for the first time since 2015 in Dallas.

Notre Dame may be undefeated, but it is a pretty sizable underdog to the also-unbeaten Tigers.

Per OddsShark, the line opened at Clemson -10.5. It has only climbed from there, in favor of the Tigers.

Most sportsbooks now have things at Clemson -12.5 as of this writing.

That's a pretty heavy tilt given Notre Dame's success this season. However, Clemson continues to return to this huge stage, and obviously has more good will with those betting on the game than the Fighting Irish.

Even with that line movement, 60-percent of action is coming in for ND so far.

As for winning the game outright, ESPN’s Football Power Index gives Notre Dame a better than 28-percent chance of advancing to the national title.

That number sites at 28.5-percent right now.

Clemson vs. Notre Dame FPI prediction.

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Saturday’s game will kick off at 4 p.m. ET. It is the first of the two semifinal games that day, ahead of Alabama vs. Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl.

The winners of those two games will head to Santa Clara for the National Championship Game on January 7.

[ESPN]