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Clemson wins the ACC Atlantic

Nov 19, 2016; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) runs in for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

WINSTON-SALEM. N.C. — Clemson clinched a tie of the 2016 ACC’s Atlantic Division champi­onship with a 35-13 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday at BB&T Field. With the win, Clemson also clinched a spot in the ACC Championship Game which will be played on Dec. 3 in Orlando, Florida.

The fourth-ranked Tigers finished the ACC with a 7-1 record, which earned them a share of the Atlantic, along with No. 5 Louisville. However, due to Clemson’s win over the Cardinals on Oct. 1, the Tigers advance to ACC Championship Game where they will play either North Carolina or Virginia Tech.

The win over Wake marked Clemson’s fifth Atlantic Division Championship and fourth ACC title game appearance under head coach Dabo Swin­ney.

Clemson won the Atlantic Division outright in 2009, 2011 and 2015. The Tigers tied for the title in 2012 with a 7-1 record with Florida State. But the Seminoles won the head-to-head tie breaker that year and went to the champion­ship game.

Clemson has 15 ACC Champion­ships overall, tied with Florida State for the most in history. Overall Clemson has 21 conference championships (4 SIAA and 2 Southern Confer­ence), more than any other school in the ACC.

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