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3 Bold Predictions for Clemson vs Georgia Tech ACC Opener

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 22: Travis Etienne #9 of the Clemson Tigers carries the ball against Jalen Johnson #23 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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On Thursday, Georgia Tech travels to Clemson to take on the Tigers in the first game of the season for both squads. The defending champs open the season on top of the college football rankings, and have their sights set on a repeat. Meanwhile, Georgia Tech is hoping their 20th head coach in program history, Geoff Collins, can turn things around and forge a new way forward. Ahead of Week 1 in the ACC, let's make three bold predictions for Tigers-Yellow Jackets.

1. Clemson Held Under 30 Points

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 22: Tariq Carpenter #29 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets attempts to strrip the ball from Tavien Foster #28 of the Clemson Tigers on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Clemson v Georgia Tech | Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

The last time these two teams met, Clemson dominated the Ramblin' Wreck to the tune of 49-21; don't expect the same thing this time around. Collins brings with him an effective 4-2-5 defense and the nickname "The Minister of Mayhem," having been at the helm of dominant defensive units at Mississippi State and Florida before earning his first head coaching job at Temple. Collins' expertise, coupled with the nerves that come with the beginning of a new season, set up for a low-scoring affair.

2. Georgia Tech Leads in the Final Quarter

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 22: TaQuon Marshall #16 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets carries the ball against Clelin Ferrell #99 of the Clemson Tigers on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Clemson v Georgia Tech | Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

After a rough three quarters, Georgia Tech will take advantage of a late turnover and take the lead in the fourth period. Tech is switching from the option scheme to a pro-style offense, and that will be enough to surprise the Clemson D. Tech will punch the ball in late, only to leave enough time for a Clemson drive and remind the defending champs of their surprise nail-biter last season against Syracuse.

3. Trevor Lawrence Takes Care of Business Late

SANTA CLARA, CA - JANUARY 07:  Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers carries the ball against Shyheim Carter #5 of the Alabama Crimson Tide during the fourth quarter in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi's Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
College Football Playoff National Championship Presented By AT&T - Alabama v Clemson | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The sophomore sensation will step up to the plate and lead an early-season comeback in Death Valley. Lawrence makes it look easy, as he showed the poise of a senior throughout his freshman year. The win gives the young quarterback some early highlights for his Heisman Trophy campaign en route to another dominant year.