After losing to Boston College it looked like the Tigers dream of returning to the ACC Championship was over for 2010. Not so fast. A week later the dream is alive and well.
The Tigers were two games behind in the loss column after the Boston College loss, but now only stand a game out of first place.
Thanks to an upset win by North Carolina at Florida State and a Miami win over Maryland the Tigers are back in the race.
What will it take for the Tigers to make it to Charlotte for the ACC Championship? Let’s break it down.
Beat the Noles
First the Tigers must find a way to win at Florida State Saturday night. Clemson has yet to win a road game this season, but if they can find the magic and win the last two they will be very much alive for the Atlantic Division title.
Florida State is coming off two heartbreakers in a row after missing a last second field goal against North Carolina. For the third week in a row the Noles have had games go to the final minutes. That includes a win over Boston College three weeks ago at Florida State.
The loss of Andre Ellington will mean the Tigers will need to beat Florida State through the air. The good news is that is the weakness of the Noles defense.
If the Tigers beat Florida State and defeat Wake Forest Clemson will finish ahead of Florida State.
Maryland and NC State Need Another Loss
If the Tigers can win out then all they will need in order to win the Atlantic is for NC State and Maryland to suffer another loss. One team will get another loss as the two teams play at Maryland on November, 27.
If NC State defeats Maryland then the Tigers will need the Pack to lose to Wake Forest or at North Carolina.
If Maryland defeats NC State then the Tigers will need the Terps to lose at Virginia or at home against Florida State.
The Tigers certainly don’t control their destiny any longer, but they are back in the race if they can win the next two road games.