Both defenses rank in the top ten, nationally, in both total defense and scoring defense.
Heading into the game, Auburn was ranked sixth in scoring defense, allowing an average of just 16.7 points per game, and eighth in total defense, giving up only 298.33 yards per game. Clemson was ranked sixth in total defense, giving up only 297.08 yards per game, and tenth in scoring defense, allowing an average of just 18.3 points per game.
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