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Clemson or Georgia Tech: Which defense steps up?

The Clemson-Georgia Tech series has produced several entertaining games in recent memory, including a 39-34 matchup in the 2009 ACC Championship. With both teams struggling on defense this year, Saturday’s game could be one of the ACC’s highest-scoring games of 2012. The Yellow Jackets enter this week’s game reeling from a 49-28 loss to MTSU, which came one week after blowing a 36-19 lead against Miami. The Tigers have scored at least 37 points in each of their last four games and posted 45 without receiver Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
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against Boston College last Saturday. Considering Georgia Tech’s secondary ranks 75th nationally in yards allowed and Clemson’s Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
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will be the best quarterback it has faced this season, the Yellow Jackets’ secondary is in real trouble. The bad news only gets worse for the Yellow Jackets, especially since all signs point to Watkins returning this Saturday. The Tigers rank 81st nationally against the rush, which is a concern with Georgia Tech’s option attack coming to Death Valley. Considering the Yellow Jackets have struggled to contain opposing passing games, expect to see Paul Johnson’s team try to control the clock and keep Boyd, Watkins and DeAndre HopkinsDeAndre Hopkins
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on the sideline. Neither defense needs to be spectacular, but a late turnover or stop on third down could be the difference in this game.

Week 6 ACC Predictions

Ga. Tech at Clemson Clemson 42-21 Clemson 42-21 Clemson 41-31 Clemson 37-24

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