ACC Championship Game Preview: Virginia Tech vs. FSU

When #15 Virginia Tech (10-2) and #21 Florida State (9-3) meet in the Dr. Pepper ACCC Championship game in Charlotte, a national championship may not be on the line but the winner has a BCS bowl berth to gain.

At 8-0, Virginia Tech is undefeated in the ACCC conference and has not lost since their stunning defeat to James Madison in the second week of the season. The Hokies defense has fueled the run, holding down the opposition to an average of 17.9 points per game, good for 13th in the nation. The Hokies can score too, averaging over 34 points per game. Virginia Tech is a run first team and they will look to establish their ground game early with a combination of Darren Evans, David Wilson, and quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Taylor’s passing game feeds off the run and, with 20 TDs, he has been effective throwing the ball too.

After a two game, mid-season losing skid, the Seminoles are back on track, Clemson, Maryland, and Florida to end the season. Quarterback Christian Ponder had three touchdown throws against the Gators and will be a weapon for FSU. The Seminoles also like to run, led by big play running backs Chris Thompson and Ty Jones. WR Willie Haulstead is also a weapon in the passing game. If the Seminoles can run on the Hokies, they could have some success, especially with Ponder back to 100%.

The two teams have not played since 2008, with FSU winning 30-20, but he Hokies are -3 point favorites and seem to have the edge in this game. The Seminoles are a dangerous team with Ponder and, if they can establish a running game, things could open-up for the talented quarterback. Watch also for a big play on special teams by Virginia Tech, which could decide the game.

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