Un­beaten Clem­son heads to Bos­ton for show­down with Ea­gles

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Things to watch in the At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence in Week 11:

GAME OF THE WEEK

No. 2 Clem­son at No. 17 Bos­ton Col­lege: The week­end’s only matchup of ranked ACC teams shapes up as BC’s big­gest home game in years. No­body’s been able to knock off three-time league cham­pion Clem­son (9-0, 6-0, No. 2 CFP), but AJ Dil­lon and the Ea­gles (7-2, 4-1, No. 17 CFP) might have the per­son­nel and the game plan to test the Tigers. With a vic­tory, Clem­son will wrap up yet an­other spot in the ACC ti­tle game.

BEST MATCHUP

Mi­ami’s run de­fense vs. Ge­or­gia Tech’s rush­ing of­fense: The Hur­ri­canes’ de­fense has ranked among the ACC’s best all sea­son, but they’ve run into trou­ble in their last two games – giv­ing up a sea­son-worst 223 yards rush­ing at BC and 146 yards on the ground to Duke. Mi­ami is 1-4 when its op­po­nent runs for more than 115 yards. That’s a bad sign against a Ge­or­gia Tech team that leads the FBS with an av­er­age of 377 yards rush­ing.

IN­SIDE THE NUM­BERS

It’s been a while since this many ACC schools have ap-

peared – how­ever briefly – in the AP Top 25.

Nine teams have cy­cled into the na­tional rank­ings, ty­ing a league record set in 2008.

The ACC joins the SEC as the only schools to place nine teams in the polls. Clem­son is the only ACC school to spend the en­tire sea­son in the Top 25, and the Tigers are joined this week by No. 13 Syra­cuse, BC and No. 22 N.C. State.

LONG SHOT

Pitts­burgh might be in con­trol in the chaotic Coastal Di­vi­sion, but as a 2 1/2-point un­der­dog, Vir­ginia Tech will try to spoil things for the Pan­thers. The Hok­ies have won two in a row in a se­ries that dates back to the schools’ Big East days, but a de­fense that is sud­denly medi­ocre – rank­ing no bet­ter than ninth in the ACC in any of the four main stat cat­e­gories – will have to im­prove in a hurry to slow down the hot Pan­thers.

IM­PACT PLAYER

Duke run­ning back Deon

Jack­son: Keep an eye on Jack­son this week against ri­val North Carolina.

Jack­son ran 75 yards for a touch­down on the first play from scrim­mage of a 20-12 vic­tory at Mi­ami , and now will try to find some holes in a Tar Heels de­fense that has al­lowed an av­er­age of 334.5 yards rush­ing in its last two games.

RICHARD SHIRO AP

Trevor Lawrence and Clem­son could clinch a spot in the ACC cham­pi­onship game with a win.

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