Virginia Tech-Clemson Preview Capsule

Associated Press Published: October 18, 2012
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Virginia Tech (4-3, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) at No. 14 Clemson (5-1, 2-1), noon (ABC or ESPN2)

Line: Clemson by 8 ½.

Series Record: Clemson leads 19-12-1.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Both Clemson and Virginia Tech are looking to keep pace in the chase for the ACC title game. The Tigers seemed out of things a month ago after a loss at Florida State, but North Carolina State's upset of the Seminoles opened up home in the Atlantic Division. The Hokies were picked to win the Coastal and are among four division teams with just one league loss.

KEY MATCHUP

Virginia Tech's strong pass defense against Clemson QB Tajh Boyd, who leads the ACC in yards passing and is tied for second in the league with 14 touchdown passes. The Hokies are third in league this season with about 210 yards given up through the air. They've also gotten eight interceptions, tied for second most in the ACC.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Virginia Tech: QB Logan Thomas might want to forget about his last two outings against Clemson. The Hokies' junior threw for 125 yards and an interception in Clemson's 23-3 regular-season victory in 2011. Thomas wasn't much better at the ACC title game two months later, throwing two picks in the Tigers' 38-10 win.

Clemson: WR Sammy Watkins caught eight passes for 118 yards and a touchdown in two games against Virginia Tech as a freshman. Watkins has 118 yards total and no touchdowns this season, missing three of Clemson's six games because of suspension and illness.



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