Athlon: ACC Week 8 Preview


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Can Virginia Tech’s defense slow down Clemson?
The Hokies’ defense was gashed in two meetings against Clemson last season, allowing 61 combined points and surrendering 451 yards in the 38-10 loss in the ACC Championship. Virginia Tech’s defense was touted as one of the nation’s best in the preseason but has failed to live up to the hype so far. The Hokies are allowing 381.3 yards and 22 points per game and are averaging just 1.9 sacks per contest. The Tigers have been strong on offense all year, scoring at least 37 points in each of their last five games, while leading the conference in passing yards per contest. Cornerbacks Antone Exum and Kyle Fuller figure to have their hands full, especially as they try to cover receivers Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
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#2 6-1, 205
Fort Myers, FL

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and DeAndre HopkinsDeAndre Hopkins
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. It’s unlikely Virginia Tech will be able to completely shut down the Tigers, but they need to get pressure on quarterback Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
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to throw off the timing of this offense and not allow any big plays.

Virginia Tech at Clemson (Predictions) Clemson 38-28 Clemson 34-30 Clemson 34-24 Clemson 33-20

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