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How and what to watch for Virginia vs. Clemson

With a week to rest, the No. 1 Tigers welcome Virginia to Death Valley for a rematch of the 2019 ACC Championship Game.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney walks with his players during the walk of champions before their game against The Citadel on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. The Greenville News-USA TODAY NETWORK via Imagn Content Services, LLC

The No. 1 Clemson Tigers have barely broken a sweat through two outings in the 2020 season and after a week off, they’ll come down the hill fresh and ready to go when welcoming Virginia to Death Valley on Saturday for a rematch of last year’s ACC Championship game.

Clemson made light work of The Citadel in a 49-0 rout two weeks ago, with presumed 2021 NFL Draft No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence only staying in the game long enough to complete nine passing attempts, three of them being touchdowns. Meanwhile, freshman defensive end Myles Murphy is already proving to be every bit of the monster people anticipated him to be as a five-star prospect from Georgia. He has already accounted for five tackles for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble through two collegiate contests.

UVA comes into the late evening showdown riding high after exploding for three fourth quarter touchdowns to down Duke 38-20 last Saturday. Wide receiver Lavel Davis Jr. shined for the Cavalier offense with 101 yards receiving on just four receptions and two touchdowns while the Hoos secondary picked off former Clemson QB Chase Brice four times in the win.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

Saturday’s game will kick off at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, SC, at 8 p.m. ET on ACC Network.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Virginia at Clemson (-28)
Point Total: O/U 55 (-110)
Money line: Virginia (+1500), Clemson (-5000)

The Best Bet

Clemson possesses the ability to pick and choose when to step on the gas and grind a less talented opponent into dust. With two weeks to prepare, this could like the Tigers’ 62-17 thumping of the Hoos in the conference title game last year.

Pick: Clemson -28

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