No. 2 Clemson can clinch the ACC Atlantic by beating Pitt at home on Saturday. The Tigers are still unbeaten and well on track toward a second-straight College Football Playoff berth. Winning on Saturday would lock in another step in that direction. Clemson could lose a game and still potentially make the field of four, but it'd best not test that.
The Tigers shouldn't have much trouble with Pitt. The Panthers have some hugely talented players, but their defense isn't good enough. They give up about 34 points per game and have a brutal secondary. Quarterback Deshaun Watson and Clemson's receivers should have a prolific afternoon, and the Tigers should clinch a fourth ACC title appearance under Dabo Swinney.
Is there a path to a Pitt upset, though? Maybe. The Tigers have needed narrow escapes on a handful of occasions to get to 9-0, and Pitt has the playmakers to give them headaches if they aren't sharp. On a somewhat dry college football Saturday, there's a decent chance Pitt and Clemson keep things interesting.
How to watch, stream and listen
TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC. The broadcasters are Steve Levy, Brian Griese, and Todd McShay.
Online streaming: WatchESPN
Spread: Clemson is a three-touchdown favorite.
Three big things to know
1. The Tigers are probably going to do this through the air. Watson is brilliant, his receivers are talented and Pitt's secondary appears to be neither. The Panthers have gotten torched all year to the tune of an 8.5 yards per throw average. Only Arizona State at 9.0 is worse among Power 5 conferences . Basically, Pitt hasn't stopped anyone's passing game and now it's playing on the road against a Heisman-caliber quarterback. That's a hard deal.
2. If Pitt is going to score, it'll come from the ground game. Clemson's front is good, but vulnerable to explosive plays. And Pitt's got some weapons. Running back James Conner is a grinder, and offensive coordinator Matt Canada uses talented receiver Quadree Henderson in a lot of fun ways. Stranger things have happened than the Panthers finding a bit of space to run.
3. Pitt and Clemson have pretty much no history against each other. They've only met once, in a 34-3 Pitt win in the 1977 Gator Bowl. They haven't met since Pitt joined the ACC in 2013. Pitt hasn't gotten a marquee in-conference win yet, and it probably won't on Saturday. But at least there's a chance at one, so the Panthers ought to show up ready to play.