There’s no question Clemson’s Brent Venables and Virginia Tech’s Bud Foster are two of the nation’s top defensive coordinators. Venables has had Clemson in the top 15 nationally in total defense and scoring the last four seasons and has the Tigers there again this season. And since taking over as Virginia Tech’s coordinator in 1996, Foster has accumulated some of the most impressive stats in college football, including 33 shutouts and 68 defensive touchdowns.
Both coordinators, however, will have their hands full with the offenses they will face Saturday night at Lane Stadium. Foster has had trouble with Clemson recent years. The Tigers have won four straight over the Hokies and have averaged 40 points per game in the last three. Conversely, Venables has limited Tech to just 15 points per game during the winning streak.
This season’s Virginia Tech offense is led by redshirt freshman quarterback Josh Jackson who leads the ACC in passing efficiency and is third in total offense. The offense also features the ACC’s leading receiver in yardage in Cam Phillips. In last year’s ACC title game, Phillips burned Clemson with 12 catches for 92 yards and a touchdown.
Tuesday Venables talked about preparing his guys for the Tech offense.