ACC Championship Game Preview: North Carolina vs Clemson

By EFN Staff
Published: 12/05/2015

North Carolina Tar Heels (11-1) at Clemson Tigers (12-0)

Kickoff Time: Saturday, December 5, 8:00 PM
Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

After completing an undefeated ACC regular season for the first time since 1980, No. 10 North Carolina faces its toughest task yet when it squares off against top-ranked Clemson in the ACC title game. The Tigers, who have won an FBS-best 15 straight games, need to make it 16 to cement their College Football Playoff hopes.

Players to watch
  • Tar Heels running back Elijah Hood has rushed for 1,280 yards and 16 touchdowns. The sophomore has run for at least 115 yards and a touchdown in three straight games. 
  • In last week’s win over South Carolina, Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson continued his Heisman campaign by passing for 279 yards and a touchdown and rushing for a season-high 114 yards and three touchdowns. The junior has thrown a touchdown in 13 straight games and has a rushing score in six of the last seven games.

Key Stats

  • North Carolina has won a school-record 11 straight games.
  • The Tar Heels have scored at least 41 points seven times this season.
  • North Carolina is one of 11 teams in the country averaging 200 yards per game rushing (229.7) and 250 yards passing (266).
  • Tar Heels quarterback Marquise Williams is 206 yards shy of becoming the fourth player in ACC history with 10,000 career total yards.
  • Williams is two yards shy of his own single-season school record for rushing yards by a quarterback (788).
  • With his 55-yard touchdown reception against the Gamecocks last week, wide receiver Deon Cain became the first Tigers freshman with a touchdown catch in five straight games.
  • Clemson has outgained opponents in total yards in every game this season.
  • The Tigers are outscoring opponents by a 286-90 margin in the first half this season.
  • Clemson has seven turnovers in its last two games.