Clemson’s Dabo Swinney and Virginia’s Bronco Mendenhall met with the media one final time Friday at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte before meeting for the first time on the football field Saturday night in the ACC Championship Game. This is Clemson’s fifth straight appearance in the title game, and it’s the first for the Cavaliers. The Tigers will be going for their fifth straight championship and they are favored by 28.5 points. This will be the first meeting between the programs since 2013.
Some final notes about the two teams
- Clemson is seeking the 25th conference championship in school history, the 19th in the ACC.
- A win will make Clemson the first team in ACC history to win five straight league titles outright.
- Clemson is going for its 28th straight win, one shy of the ACC record owned by Florida State.
- The averaging winning margin for Clemson this season has been 35.2 points.
- Clemson is 3rd nationally in total offense at 541 yards per game, and 4th in scoring at 45 points per game.
- The Tigers are 1st nationally in scoring defense at 10 points per game and 2nd in total defense at 233 yards per game.
- Virginia lost its first 29 games against Clemson but since has gone 8-9.
- The Cavaliers are 82n nationally in total offense at 390 yards per game and 32nd in scoring at 34 points per game.
- Virginia is 27th nationally in total defense at 336 yards per game and 41st in scoring at 23 points per game.
- Virginia QB Bryce Perkins leads the ACC and is 16th nationally in total offense at 303 yards per game.
- Perkins is second in the ACC in passing yards with 2949.
- Virginia is sixth in the country with 43 sacks.
- Virginia is playing for its first outright ACC football title having shared in 1989 and 1995.
- Virginia is 3-0 all time at Bank of America Stadium.