The best matchup of this week's college football slate is in the ACC (sorry Washington State) and features a pair of unbeaten teams. As Clemson rolls into Blacksburg to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies, they set the stage for a classic game in primetime. As these two teams get set to face off, here are a few bold predictions for how things will shake out.
4. Clemson will hold the Hokies to less than 20 points
The Hokies are averaging 40 points per game on offense, but the Clemson defense will shut them down this week. They will pressure the quarterback and not allow any significant gains on the ground. The Hokies will get desperate if they fall behind, and that is exactly where Clemson wants them.
3. Kelly Bryant will rush for over 100 yards
Bryant has shown impressive speed when he had been asked to run the ball. He leads the team in rushing yards and had over 100 yards last week against a stout Boston College front. Look for Bryant to use his legs as a big part of the offense.
2. The Hokies will win the turnover battle
Virginia Tech has only turned the ball over twice this season and have forced seven turnovers. Their ability to take care of the ball will be critically important against the aggressive Clemson defensive. If the Hokies do their job, and Kelly Bryant makes a mistake, they should come out ahead in the turnover battle.
1. The Hokies will score first
With the home crowd behind them, the Hokies will come out fast and jump out ahead early. Look for a trick play or a deep shot to help get things rolling. If they score early, Virginia Tech may have the confidence to keep the game close.