A few weeks ago, Saturday's game between the Clemson Tigers and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets looked like it would be a battle of unbeaten teams.
But after losses to Virginia and Miami, Georgia Tech is now reeling. Clemson is still undefeated, and now looks to have a decent chance at reaching the National Championship Game.
This will be a rematch of 2010's game, which was won 27-13 by Clemson.
Clemson enters Saturday at No. 5 in the BCS.
Where: Bobby Dodd Stadium. Atlanta, Georgia
When: Saturday, October 29 at 8 p.m. EDT
Watch: ABC. Streamed live on ESPN3.
Listen: WCCP 104.9 FM in Clemson, 790 AM in Atlanta.
Clemson (-4.5), according to Bodog. These are the kind of games that have gotten Clemson into trouble in the past, but I don't see a problem here.
Georgia Tech is going in the wrong direction, and Clemson is an absolute machine on offense. Look for them to win, and cover.
Is Clemson a real National Championship contender? That's going to be the focus of every game they play this season, until they lose. Right now, I am not sure that I see that happening.
Who Might Not Play for Clemson
PK Spencer Benton (shoulder) is out.
LB Tony Steward (knee) is out for the season.
Who Might Not Play for Georgia Tech
S Lance Richardson (undisclosed), and S Fred Holton (Achilles) are out for the year.
OL Jay Finch (knee), LS Tyler Morgan (undisclosed) and OL Morgan (undisclosed) are questionable.
BCS/Top 25 Implications
Clemson needs to win to keep their National Championship hopes alive. The ACC is traditionally not very highly revered, so a one-loss team from the ACC would stand very little chance at competing for a National Championship.
Georgia Tech is still a factor in the ACC Coastal, but they need to win here to continue being a factor. If they win, there is a very good chance that they will return to the Top 25.
What They're Saying
Chip Patterson of CBS sports had the following to say about Clemson this week, as well as the rest of the season:
"The biggest key down the stretch for Clemson is to maintain their focus and not look past any opponent. With 20+ true or redshirt freshman taking the field every Saturday, youth seems to be the only concern left on the schedule for the Tigers."
Clemson Player to Watch
Tajh Boyd is a Heisman candidate, but Georgia Tech's best chance at winning revolves around them stopping receiver Sammy Watkins and making the Tigers more one-dimensional. If they can't, this will be a long day for them.
Georgia Tech Player to Watch
Keep an eye on Georgia Tech's linebackers. If they do their jobs, they can contain Boyd and his rushing ability.
On the Hot Seat
Ken Sugiura of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that Paul Johnson is not going to hire a Special Teams Coordinator.
If their special teams continues to cost them in games, Johnson's seat will get increasingly hot.
Clemson is just too strong. Their offense is a machine, and their defense is aggressive. I like the perfect season to continue.
Clemson 37, Georgia Tech 20
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