2011 ACC Championship Pick, Preview, Odds, & Analysis 12/3/11

Last Updated: December 2nd, 2011 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist)
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The keys to the game on the ACC Championship odds are plentiful, and here at Bankroll Sports, we are breaking them all down as we work towards our Clemson Tigers vs. Virginia Tech Hokies predictions!

ACC Championship Game: Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Clemson Tigers
ACC Championship Game Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
ACC Championship Game Date/Time: Saturday, December 4th, 8:00 p.m. (ET)
ACC Championship Game Television Schedule: ESPN, ESPN3.com

Key #1: Virginia Tech has to play with a chip on its shoulder again
Just last week, the Hokies went into Charlottesville against their instate rivals, the Virginia Cavaliers, they were treated with absolutely no respect. V-Tech was only a short favorite in the game, and many were picking the outright upset for the Hoos. Instead of getting upset though, the Hokies prevailed and dominated the game from start to finish. Now, they should have the chip of all chips on their shoulder, as their one loss this season was against none other than this Clemson team, and the loss came at home in Lane Stadium. Head Coach Frank Beamer has always been big about protecting his home field, and you had better believe that he has been drilling into his team all week, and probably all season long, that this is the most important game of the season.

ACC Championship Game Odds at Wager Web Sportsbook
Virginia Tech Hokies -7
Clemson Tigers +7
Over/Under 53.5
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Key #2: The Tigers have to keep Virginia Tech from hitting the big play
This is what Clemson really did well the first time that these two teams met. QB Logan Thomas couldn’t get anything going with his legs, as he only ended the day with eight yards on 12 carries, and he just never hit the home run ball to any of his receivers. WR Danny Coale, normally a huge threat, was kept in check, while RB David Wilson really was only able to get his yards four and five yards at a team instead of in huge chunks. As a result, the game ended up being a very short one, which was exactly what the doctor ordered. The 23-3 win for the Tigers was an ugly offensive performance from their standpoint as well, but as long as the defense can keep everything in front of it in this one, the Tigers should be good shape.

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Key #3: Sammy Watkins will be the key to the Clemson offense
Of late, Watkins, one of the top freshmen in the country, has been rather missing in action. He has been dealing with some injuries that have cost him time in the lineup, and when he doesn’t make a big impact on the game, the Tigers struggle offensively. He only had three catches in the first meeting of these conference foes, and that’s a large part of the reason why QB Tajh Boyd completed just 13-of-32 pass attempts. In all likelihood, if Watkins only touches the ball six times on offense for 42 yards as he did a few months ago, the Tigers aren’t going to be able to score and won’t be able to really compete in this game. If Watkins can start to bust some big plays in some respect though, Virginia Tech could be in a tad bit of trouble.

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