ACC Championship Game Preview: Clemson @ Virginia Tech 12/3/11

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Earlier this season, the Clemson Tigers were able to get the best of the Virginia Tech Hokies. Now, with a spot in the Orange Bowl on the line, we are set to watch these two duke it out again in Charlotte, and we are set to make our free ACC Championship Game picks.

Year To Date Record: 81-81 ATS
Upset Record: 20-34 +$765

Week 14 College Football Matchup: Clemson Tigers @ Virginia Tech Hokies
Date: Saturday, December 3rd, 8:00 ET
Location: Bank of America Field, Charlotte, NC
College Football Lines: Virginia Tech -7
Over/Under 53
Week 14 College Football TV Schedule: ESPN

The Hokies are going to have to be gritting their teeth about the idea of having to play the Tigers again in this situation. Had they not lost to Clemson earlier this year, this would probably be a game that would be for the right to go to the National Championship Game. There could have been some thought to going to the title game anyway in this one, even with the one loss, had Clemson run the table instead of losing three of its last four games and failing to play even one truly good game in the bunch.

That being said, we tend to think that the beat down is going to be on. The Hokies, in our eyes, are the significantly better team. They averaged 32.5 points per game in their other 11 games this year, which makes us think that it was absolutely an anomaly that they were held down to just a single field goal on their home turf of Lane Stadium. Clemson’s 8-0 start to the season really only featured wins against Florida State (without QB EJ Manuel) and Auburn, both games of which were at home, and both of which came against teams that proved to be basically average squads. Since that point, the Tigers have been beaten by at least two touchdowns in three out of four, and they were trailing until very late against Wake Forest in what turned out to be the de facto ACC Atlantic Division title game… again, at home.

QB Tajh Boyd was considered a Heisman Trophy candidate for quite awhile, but in the end, he just doesn’t have the goods to beat this VT defense. The Hokies did a great job of holding the Tigers the first time around, and that won’t be an exception this time. However, the offense is going to make the real difference. Expect to see the Hokies get back in the saddle and score upwards of 30+ in this one, and that will be more than enough to take care of the Tigers by at least a TD.

Week 14 NCAA Football Pick: Virginia Tech -7

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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