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