ACC Championship: Opposing coaches almost worked together

It's still unclear at what level, however, and if he would return kicks and play on defense as well. In that matchup, Clemson QB Deshaun Watson was on fire with a 26-of-32 line for six touchdowns, while Wayne Gallman bagged a nice rushing day with 112 yards and a TD on 19 attempts.

Watson and Scott were consensus first-team all-conference picks previous year, and Gallman was on the coaches' first-team ballot. Clemson won that thrilling October 1 battle 42-36 and Watson finished with five touchdowns, 306 passing yards and 91 rushing yards.

Settle, who redshirted last season while battling weight issues, has turned into an impact player off the bench.

A total of 10 other players were also named to all-ACC teams. The only thing "offensive" about those two teams is that they're both offensively bad.

Q: If Virginia Tech's going to pull this off, what must happen? Now the Hokies get to face Clemson in the ACC Championship Game.

A Louisville team that looked the part of a playoff contender for almost the entire season ended its regular season with a two-game losing streak.

Jackson burst on to the scene early this season in Louisville routs, doing it all with his arm and his legs.

This week, the Hokies must handle Clemson's potent offense and Watson, who has thrown for 1,129 yards and 10 touchdowns the past three weeks as the junior's college career - Watson is leaving for the National Football League after this season - is ending.

The turnover margin is the most noticeable common denominator in the Hokies' three losses this season.

It was Virginia Tech's first Coastal Division title since 2011.

If the playoff were today: Alabama-Clemson, Ohio State-Michigan in semis
The obvious answer, assuming the wins work out correctly, is to send the Pac-12 victor to Atlanta to face a higher seed. Clemson has been ranked in the top four of the CFP each of the last 10 rankings, something only Alabama can also boast.

Swinney was right. Fuente's success at Memphis landed him the job previous year at Virginia Tech, where he faced an unenviable task - namely, replacing Frank Beamer, the school's all-time winningest coach. This time around they did not let Foster's top-20 group go to waste, rebounding from an embarrassing, turnover-prone loss to Tennessee to take down Coastal challengers North Carolina, Miami and Pittsburgh in October to assume the role of the division's pace auto. The teams were tied after the second set, but the Panthers squad used its depth to pull away and win the final two sets decisively.

That doesn't mean the Hokies didn't celebrate their 13th straight win against their rival and 17th in the last 18 years with a night on the town. The Tar Heels didn't get either as they fell to North Carolina State 28-1. It's the most for a defensive tackle at Tech since J.C. Price had 23 in an All-American season in 1995.

Bright spot for Wake?

Boston College finished the season 6-6 overall and 2-6 in conference.

Up next: As mentioned above, the Demon Deacons are bowl bound for the first time under Dave Clawson and only the 11th time in school history. In fact, regular-season results would suggest otherwise. So he certainly has looked like a most deserving player for much of the year.

A week after allowing 45 points at home to FSU, the Orange surrendered a disastrous 76 points in the season finale at Pitt.

The media's All-ACC teams came out and, as usual, Virginia Tech didn't have a lot of first-team guys. The Blue Devils ended their season with a 40-21 loss to Miami.

Conte, a redshirt senior from Richmond, Virginia has started all 12 games this year as well, at the right guard position, right next to McLaughlin.

"He's a great competitor", Watson said. Delivering the Tigers' first award victor could be on the horizon with a big finish to the season. This is the second straight year Venables has been a finalist and the third time in his career (2006 at Oklahoma).


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