Phil Steele Clemson-VT Prediction
VT has pulled the upset in both ACC meetings. Clemson is off B2B HG’s having beaten LY’s Nat’l Champs and the Atl fav Fla St while VT is playing its 1st BCS tm. VT is off a 30-10 win over Marshall. DC Foster’s defense is coming off one of his worst ssns ever and TY has all’d 231 ypg to a soft sked. CU is coming off a 35-30 win over a Fla St tm that was missing QB Manuel. OC Morris’ offense requires spd and he now has plenty of it while QB Boyd (314 ypg, 66%, 13-2) has matured under his tutelage. Fr WR Watkins has won 2 POW honors and most likely will get a 3rd after 141 yds (17.6) and 2 TD vs FSU. VT has won the L/5 in the series by 23 ppg (no win by less than 17). The VT D and RB Wilson (130 ypg, 5.8) have all’d QB Thomas a chance to grow and now face a CU tm that has trailed Troy, Woff and Aub while all’g 398 ypg. This is a tough spot for QB Boyd making his 1st road start and how much can CU have left in the tank after two huge HG’s?
PHIL’S FORECAST: VIRGINIA TECH 34 CLEMSON 17
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