The No. 11 Virgina Tech Hokies are seven-point favorites over the No. 13 Clemson Tigers, but it really won't be as close as that. Here's a look at three reasons why Virginia Tech will roll.
It's Clemson's First Road Game
The Tigers have looked impressive so far this season, but they've yet to travel away from home. Wins at home against Auburn and Florida State are impressive. Now let's see how they do when they go to Blacksburg to take on Virginia Tech.
Clemson only managed one win on the road last year and that was against a weak Wake Forest team that went just 3-9.
Throw in the fact that it's likely to rain and Tajh Boyd might have trouble throwing, and you've got an advantage to Virginia Tech and their run game.
Virginia Tech's Defense Is Too Good
The Hokies defense is giving up nine points per game, 210 yards per game and 3.3 yards per play. That's good for fourth, third and third best in the nation respectively.
The Tigers have had a dominate offense so far this season, but they've yet to run into a defense like they have in Blacksburg. The Seminoles defense is good, but not this good.
Oh, and one more stat: Virginia is giving up an insane 0.8 yards per rush—0.8.
Andre Ellington, D.J. Howard and Mike Bellamy can forget about having any running room. This game's going to be on the shoulders of Tajh Boyd and I'm not sure he can handle it.
Clemson Can't Stop the Run
The Tigers are giving up 4.8 yards per carry to opposing offenses and that number is likely to increase once they leave Blacksburg.
Virginia Tech running back David Wilson has been one of the best running backs in the nation this season, running for 520 yards on 5.8 yards per carry.
Quarterback Logan Thomas has also shown that he can run the ball, as he's averaged almost five yards per carry.
Look for the Hokies to dominate the run game in the first quarter or two and open the play action for some big plays. Thomas isn't the most precise quarterback in the country, but successful play action should make things easier for him.