Clemson is attempting to go back-to-back with ACC Championship Game victories and Virginia Tech is just happy to be back in the game for the first time since 2011. These two old rivals meet up again for the ACC title Saturday night in Orlando in what is a good looking matchup on paper.
These are teams with high powered offenses led by dynamic quarterbacks, strong running games and excellent receivers. And both play defense.
The difference likely will come down to which quarterback, Deshaun Watson or Jerod Evans, plays at the highest level and protects the football. Turnovers will be key because neither team can afford to cough up a possession.
And the quarterbacks will be challenged. Clemson’s secondary plays a sticky, physical brand of coverage, something that has always been a trait of Bud Foster defenses at Virginia Tech.
This will be Clemson’s biggest challenge, at least on paper, in a month. The Tigers were favored by more than 20 points in each of their last four games but Vegas has the Tigers as a 10 point favorite for this one. Clemson is 6-6 against the spread this season.
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