Dabo rants about unfair treatment by CFP: 'They don't want us there'
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney suggested that his team is being held to an unfair standard in the College Football Playoff race."Obviously, if we lose this game, they are going to kick us out," said Swinney about the importance of the win over the in-state rival, per ESPN's Chris Low. "They don't want us there anyway. We'd drop to 20 (had Clemson lost to South Carolina).
Clemson 's Dabo Swinney and Virginia 's Tony Bennett have developed a friendship rooted in their national championships. Bennett's basketball team played at Clemson last January when Swinney and the Tigers were celebrating their national title and the two spoke briefly. But in March Swinney had an
The Virginia Tech quarterback’s fourth-down pass deep in Clemson territory was intercepted, ending a valiant Hokies rally a few yards short of a tie and securing an ACC championship for No. 23 Virginia Tech and first-year Coach Justin Fuente hung with the reigning league champion, and though the
Georgia-LSU showdown headlines conference championship weekend
The conference championship games around the country are now set following Week 14 of the college football regular season. © Jonathan Bachman / Getty Images Sport / GettyLSU and Georgia highlight the major conference matchups, with both teams currently slotted inside the top four of the College Football Playoff rankings. The winner is a virtual lock for the CFP, while LSU could still make a very strong case even with a loss. Wisconsin gets a rematch with Ohio State in the Big Ten championship contest after the Badgers went on the road to take down Minnesota on Saturday.
Virginia will play Clemson for ACC title . Virginia ’s win on Friday gives the program its first division title . The win gives Virginia the chance to duke it out with mighty Clemson in the ACC title game in Charlotte next weekend. Clemson , No . 3 in the College Football Playoff rankings, is 11-0 heading into
CHARLOTTE, NC – Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is happy his players can finally make the case for themselves that they are a championship-caliber team. The third-ranked Tigers (12-0; No . 3 CFP) take on No. 22 Virginia (9-3; No. 23 CFP)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Trevor Lawrence threw four touchdown passes, three to Tee Higgins, and No. 3 Clemson won its fifth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference title with a 62-17 victory over No. 22 Virginia on Saturday night.
The defending national champion Tigers (13-0; No. 3 CFP) have won 28 games in a row and head to the College Football Playoff with chance for a third crown in four years.
And while Virginia (9-4; No. 23 CFP) and quarterback Bryce Perkins put forth a game plan that caused the Tigers to sweat early on, there was no stopping Clemson's dazzling set of experienced playmakers led by Lawrence and Higgins on the way to ACC championship game records for points and yards (621),
Lawrence set an ACC title-game record with his four touchdown throws and had 302 yards passing, his second best total this season, and completed 16 of 22 passes before coming out in the third quarter.
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No . 3 Clemson , No. 23 Virginia battle for ACC title . No . 3 Clemson will be seeking its fifth consecutive conference crown when it faces No. 23 Virginia on Saturday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is happy his players can finally make the case for themselves that they are a championship-caliber team. The third-ranked Tigers (12-0; No . 3 CFP) take on No. 22 Virginia (9-3; No. 23 CFP) for the Atlantic Coast Conference championship on Saturday night
Higgins finished with 182 yards receiving yards and the three TDs, both bests in ACC Championship game play.
Travis Etienne had 114 yards, his eighth game over 100 yards this season.
Virginia and Perkins appeared to have a game plan to compete with the Tigers, even without leading receiver Joe Reed out due to injury.
Perkins threw a 20-yard scoring pass to Hasise Dubois to tie it 7, just the second TD pass allowed by Clemson in its past seven games.
Virginia's defense sacked Lawrence twice in the opening half (Clemson had allowed only 11 sacks in the regular season) and Perkins accounted for 177 yards the first 30 minutes -- nearly as many as the 194 yards the Tigers allowed in a 38-3 win last week over South Carolina.
But it was impossible to contain Clemson's offense.
Higgins had scoring catches of 19 and 7 yards, Justyn Ross went 59-yards for another touchdown (the second longest in ACC Championship game history) and Etienne broke free for a 26-yard touchdown run as Clemson opened a 31-7 lead by halftime.
Ohio State stays No. 1, while Utah leads Oklahoma in College Football Playoff rankings
Ohio State continued is hold on the No. 1 spot in the College Football Playoff ahead of LSU. Utah leads Oklahoma for the critical No. 5 position.There was change below the top four, however. Utah moves up one place to fifth with Alabama's loss to Auburn. The Utes are followed closely by Oklahoma and Baylor. Wisconsin, Florida and Penn State round out the top 10.
No. 22 Virginia (9-3, 6 - 2 ACC ) vs. No . 3 Clemson (12-0, 8-0; No . 3 CFP), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EST (ABC). Line: Clemson by 28. KEY MATCHUP. Virginia quarterback Bryce Perkins against Clemson ’s back seven. The Tigers defense has held all 12 opponents to under 300 yards this season
Beat Virginia and Clemson becomes the first in any league with five straight championship game wins. “We all know we’ve got playoff opportunities and all that stuff,” Swinney said. But Virginia is led by quarterback Bryce Perkins, the ACC leader in total offense (303 yards per game) who’s gaining more
Perkins, the ACC's leader in total offense, had 324 of the Cavaliers' 387 yards, which were a season high allowed by Clemson's defense this season.
The Cavaliers played without leading receiver and the ACC's top kick returner in Joe Reed due to injury.
Virginia: The Cavaliers showed creativity and ability in devising and executing a game plan designed to make Clemson sweat. But the gap between Virginia and the Tigers -- as it is for most everyone else in the ACC -- was too wide to overcome without perfection on nearly every snap.
Clemson: The Tigers showed once more they had no equals this season in the ACC. The challenge now grows more difficult with Clemson likely facing off against LSU or Ohio State in the national semifinals.
Virginia awaits its bowl assignment, most likely the Orange Bowl.
Clemson will head to the College Football Playoff with its matchup announced Sunday.
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Clemson has received commitments from six 5-star players, twice as many as any other program. Early Signing Day is the new National Signing Day. According to 247Sports, 65 percent of high school prospects signed early two years ago; last year that number increased to 77 percent and is expected to top 80 percent this week.Players who don’t sign by Friday evening must wait until the first Wednesday in February – the traditional signing day – to formalize their commitments.Clemson is expected to bring in one of the top groups of high school athletes once again despite having limited recruiting time of late.