ACC's Thursday Night Clash - Clemson at Virginia Tech
The Clemson Tigers' 31-7 victory over has pushed them into the top 10 for the first time in six years, but they cannot celebrate for too long. Thursday night the Tigers travel to Blacksburg to face the Virginia Tech Hokies in a prime-time ESPN game. The Hokies are 5-2 and 2-2 in the ACC, with one of their losses coming to Boston College on a Thursday night. Clemson's only loss of the year came from Boston College.
To make it to the ACC Title game the Tigers must win out and hope for BC to lose another conference game so every game is important from now until the end of the year. This week might be a little tougher for the Tigers as they have already lost guard Roman Fry for the season with a torn ACL and now might have to play without the ACC's leading rusher James Davis (961 yards 16 TDs). Davis got what he said was a stinger in Saturday night's game and coach Bowden gives Davis a 50-50 chance in playing. If he cannot play, talented freshman CJ Spiller will take his place. As we saw in the game on Saturday, Spiller is a talented running back and could start for a lot of teams this year, so Clemson should not miss a beat.
In Hokieland, Frank Beamer has decided to go wtih a two quarterback system. Sean Glennon will still get the starting nod and play most of the game but the mobile backup Ike Whitaker will also see some playing time. Beamer believes that the running threat that Whitaker brings to the table might open up their passing game some more. Also the Hokies need to get someone else rushing the ball besides Branden Ore.
The short week should hurt Clemson and so will playing in Blacksburg, but when it is all said and done I still think they come out on top. Clemson will be able to control the clock with their superb running game and that should open the defense up for Will Proctor to throw the ball. I am going to take the Tigers in this one by the score of 24-13.