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The Clemson Tigers haven’t been as consistently dominant as most expected coming into the year, but this group has played well enough to come through in the Atlantic division standing 11-1 overall and 7-1 in the ACC. Clemson is coming off one of their better performances of the season getting past a solid South Carolina defense beating the Gamecocks by a final of 56-7. Clemson’s one defeat this season came at home against Pitt and the Tigers actually had a few poor performances on their home field this season. If the Tigers win here they’ll seal a spot in to the college playoff and veteran QB Deshaun Watson has been putting up strong numbers this season passing for 3,626 yards and 34 TDs.
Virginia Tech is heading in the right direction under head coach Fuente and the post Beamer Era is going well for the Hokies. Virginia Tech dominated action in their last outing getting past Virginia to close out the regular season by a final of 52-10. With the win Virginia Tech grabbed the Coastal division title standing 9-3 overall and 6-2 in conference. Virginia Tech’s two conference defeats came in head scratching fashion against teams like Syracuse and Georgia Tech, while also picking up some strong wins against teams like North Carolina and Miami. In their last outing against Virginia QB Jerod Evans completed 16/27 passes for 253yards and 2 TDs to 0 INTs, while the ground game added 289 yards and 3 TDs on 51 carries.
Clemson looked dominant last week against a pretty solid South Carolina defense and that's a great sign for this group with the college playoff right around the corner. The Tigers get a Va Tech squad in the ACC title game who's been a bit inconsistent with their results, but the Hokies have generally played better against the tougher competition they've faced in the ACC. We like for Clemson to build off last week's momentum as they go on to win and cover this spread.
Clemson -10 -110