Clemson BCS Bound After ACC Championship Win

Rematches are the big thing this college football postseason. Clemson battered traditional ACC bully Virginia Tech in their regular season meeting, but the erratic Tigers have tumbled toward the finish line. (8 p.m. ET Saturday on ESPN. Charlotte, North Carolina.)

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ACC Championship 2011 Final Score: Clemson Cruises Past Virginia Tech, Headed To Miami

All season long, Clemson fans have had to hear the pundits ask the same question: When will Clemson finally act like Clemson? And while the Tigers did indeed drop a few games along the way, they also secured their first ACC championship in 20 years.

The 38-10 annihilation of Virginia Tech means that the Tigers will be headed to the Orange Bowl, with West Virginia the likeliest opponent for Clemson. If they were watching Saturday night, the Mountaineers are probably aware of the challenge they face.

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After taking it easy for the last several minutes of the game, Clemson put up 456 yards of total offense, 239 through the air and 217 on the ground. Tajh Boyd (20-of-29, 239, 3 TDs) carved up Virginia Tech pretty well on the night, and Andre Ellington (20 carries, 125 yards, TD) led a ground attack that averaged 4.8 yards a carry.

Is Clemson still Clemson? If you mean the university based in upstate South Carolina, yes. If you mean the team that seems to choke every time it has a chance at glory, no. This time the Tigers had a chance, and they came through.

For more on this game, visit Virginia Tech blog Gobbler Country and Clemson blog Shakin' the Southland.


Clemson Vs. Virginia Tech, ACC Championship 2011 Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Clemson Tigers defeated the Virginia Tech Hokies in their first meeting this season, but currently appear to be in freefall. They meet again in the ACC Championship and the Hokies are slight favorites, but predicting a game with these sorts of circumstances surrounding it is nearly impossible. Then one remembers that, not only are these circumstances in place, but they are currently being applied to Clemson. All bets are off.

Can we make sense of this game? No, that's highly unlikely, but let's give it a shot anyway. Virginia Tech Hokies blog Gobbler Country thinks that it's likely we're going to see turnovers. Turnovers everywhere.

Expect turnovers and pressure to be the difference. Clemson has only forced two turnovers in its last four games and none in its last three. Meanwhile, Virginia Tech has committed four turnovers since its last meeting with Clemson and is +7 in those games. And as I mentioned before, Boyd has struggled the last four times with increased pressure while Clemson's front four caused hell for Logan Thomas in the first meeting.

Clemson Tigers blog Shakin The Southland acknowledges Virginia Tech's good season and right to be here, but points out that they've been less than convincing.

Va Tech scored 30 or more points five games since the Clemson game and 24 or more 6 of the last 7. The Hokies were impressive in most of the games since Clemson but did have two qty three point wins (UNC and Miami) and a four point victory at Duke. Va Tech's massacre of in-state rival Virginia last week was very impressive and I'll say that VTech took advantage of Georgia Tech's mistakes/stupidity to pull away impressively several Thursdays ago.  

Game date, time: 8 p.m. ET, Saturday, Dec. 3

Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

TV channel: ESPN/ESPN3

Spread: Virginia Tech favored by 6 1/2 points

Series history: Clemson leads 16-12-1

For more on this game, visit Virginia Tech blog Gobbler Country and Clemson blog Shakin' The Southland. Head over to SB Nation NCAA Football for more on Championship Weekend.

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