Clemson vs. Virginia Tech, ACC Championship 2011 Preview: Hokies Looking For Payback

Making their fifth appearance in the ACC Championship Game, the fifth-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies take aim at the 21st-ranked Clemson Tigers this weekend, at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

It went down to the wire for Frank Beamer's Hokies, who didn't clinch the Coastal Division title until last weekend with an emphatic 38-0 rout of Virginia. With the win, Tech moved to 11-1 on the season. Virginia Tech is the only school in the FBS to win 10 or more games in eight straight seasons. The Hokies' one blemish on the year was a 23-3 loss to Clemson in Blacksburg back on October 1st.

Dabo Swinney's Tigers have had the Atlantic Division title locked up for a few weeks now. That could explain why the team has dropped two straight games to close out the regular season, falling at NC State (37-13) and then at South Carolina (34-13). At 9-3, Clemson certainly had a magical season. The team was as high as fifth in the BCS poll at one point, its highest ranking ever. The Tigers also beat three ranked opponents in succession, with wins over Auburn, Florida State and Virginia Tech.

Game date, time: 8:00 pm ET, Saturday, November 26

Location: Bank of America Stadium - Charlotte, NC

TV channel: ESPN

Spread: Virginia Tech  favored by 6 1/2 points

Series history: Clemson leads all-time series 18-12-1

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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