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ACC Championship Game Preview: North Carolina vs Clemson

By EFN Staff
Writer
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
TV: ABC

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.