ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 29: Tevin Washington #13 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets passes downfield against the Clemson Tigers at Bobby Dodd Stadium on October 29, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Clemson and Virginia Tech carry 8-1 records into ACC play this week as they make their push to punch a ticket to the ACC Championship in Charlotte. Can Georgia Tech make it a 3-team race?
The bye week can be the best thing to ever happen to a team, as injuries can heal and other teams can beat up on each other while a team's place in the standings can stay safe. For Clemson and Virginia Tech, the extra week can serve as the remedy for those things, but the other thing a bye week brings is extra preparation for their next opponents.
As the leaders of the Atlantic and Coastal divisions, they're poised to play in the ACC Championship game in Charlotte on the first weekend of December, major speed bumps lie in their path this week:
Virginia Tech vs. Georgia Tech: Whoever can engineer (you like that?) a consistent defensive attack versus multi-faceted quarterbacks Logan Thomas and Tevin Washington will be in line to win a huge ACC matchup this Saturday.
Wake Forest vs. Clemson: The boys from Winston-Salem have proven to be consistently frisky, and this is the type of game that Clemson finds a way to lose. If this is the Tigers year to be BCS Bowl bound, Dabo Swinney gets his team a tough win.
Here is a breakout of the ACC standings after week 11:
Atlantic Coast Conference Standings
(updated 11.6.2011 at 1:36 AM EDT)
|Florida St. Seminoles||4||2||6||3|
|Wake Forest Demon Deacons||4||2||5||4|
|N.C. State Wolfpack||2||3||5||4|
|Boston College Eagles||1||5||2||7|