WHAT'S AT STAKE: Each team is in second place in its division in the ACC and trying to preserve hopes of playing for the conference championship. Georgia Tech is one game behind Duke in the Coastal Division but has a loss to Duke. Similarly, Clemson has a loss to Atlantic Division-leading Florida State. Georgia Tech has won three straight to move back into the Top 25, while the Tigers are trying to stretch a six-game winning streak.
KEY MATCHUP: Georgia Tech's running attack vs. Clemson's run defense. In a dramatic matchup of strength against strength, the Yellow Jackets are No. 2 in the nation with 335.6 yards rushing per game. The Tigers are second in the nation in total defense and fourth against the run, allowing 90.9 yards per game on the ground.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Clemson: QB Deshaun Watson, who missed three games with a broken bone in his injured right hand, is expected to start. The Tigers were averaging 41 points with Watson but fell back to 22 points per game since his injury last month against Louisville.
Georgia Tech: Former starting RB Zach Laskey returns after missing three games with a shoulder injury, but Synjyn Days will retain the starting job. Days ran for a career-high 157 yards with a touchdown in last week's 56-23 win at North Carolina State.
FACTS & FIGURES: The Tigers have won the last two meetings — each at Clemson — and three of the past four. Clemson has not won at Georgia Tech since 2003. ... Clemson leads the nation in tackles for loss (10.1 per game). ... Tigers DE Vic Beasley has 29 career sacks, the most of active FBS players. ... This is the second of Clemson's three games against teams from the state of Georgia. The Tigers opened with a 45-21 loss at Georgia and play host to Georgia State next week. .. Georgia Tech leads the nation and is tied for second in the nation with five blocked kicks. ... The Yellow Jackets will finish at least .500 in conference games for the 20th straight season, the nation's longest streak.
WHAT TO WATCH: Clemson at Georgia Tech
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