This is the biggest weekend of the ACC football season with a couple opportunities to earn some national respect against top 15 opponents when Florida State takes on Florida and Clemson plays South Carolina. The Seminoles and Tigers will both be at home, and the conference needs its two best teams this year to step up on Saturday.
Here are five questions for the final regular season weekend of ACC football:
1. Can Florida State enter the national championship discussion with a win over Florida? Florida State has won five in a row, but because of a weak schedule, the Seminoles have not been able to make up any ground in the polls. That can change Saturday with a convincing win over the Gators. It won't be enough for Florida State to just win, though. It will have to rack up some style points in the process to crawl back in the national title conversation.
2. How will Clemson's offense perform against South Carolina's defense? No defense has been able to hold the Clemson offense to fewer than 26 points since the Gamecocks beat the Tigers 34-13 last season. Clemson is No. 4 nationally in scoring offense (44.6 points per game), and South Carolina is No. 13 in scoring defense (17.5 points per game). The Tigers will have their hands full with South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney, who has 8.5 sacks and 17 tackles for loss this season.
4. Can Virginia Tech or Wake Forest make it to bowl eligibility? The Hokies have to beat in-state rival Virginia for the ninth consecutive year to make it to six wins. Meanwhile, the Demon Deacons have to beat Vanderbilt, which has won five in a row. If both teams lose Saturday, the ACC will only have five teams that are bowl eligible.
5. How will Miami play after its self-imposed postseason ban earlier in the week? A game that could have been for the Coastal Division title all of a sudden becomes meaningless for the Hurricanes. Now, Miami has to simply play for pride as it will not play in the postseason for the second straight year. The Hurricanes have said they will treat this like a Coastal Division championship game, but that could be easier said than done.
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