By Heath Bradley.
The 2012 season kicks off in just over three months. As the Tigers prepare for summer workouts TheClemsonInsider.com takes an early look at the 2012 opponents. In October Virginia Tech will travel to Clemson for a rematch of last year’s ACC Championship game.
Date: Oct. 20, 2012
Location: Clemson, SC
2012 ??? QUICK FACTS
Location: Blacksburg, VA
Colors: Chicago Maroon & Burnt Orange
Conference: ACC (Coastal)
2011 Record – Overall (Conference): 11-3 (7-1)
Head Coach: Frank Beamer 25 Season at VT (209-98-2)
Coordinators: Offensive Coordinator- Brian Stinespring; Defensive Coordinator- Bud Foster
Returning Lettermen: 43
Returning Starters: 14, 3 Offense, 9 Defense, 1 Specialist
Key Returning Players: QB- Logan Thomas, DE- JR Collins, LB- Bruce Taylor, S- Antone Exum
Key Losses: WR- Danny Coale, RB- David Wilson, CB- Jayron Hosley, FS-Eddie Whitley
What to Expect: The Tigers completed owned the Hokies in 2011, winning 23-3 at Lane Stadium and defeating Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game 38-10. The Clemson defense was stellar in each game and if the Tigers want to make it three in a row over the Hokies it will take another stellar effort from the Tigers defense. Virginia Tech only returns three starters on offense, this includes QB Logan Thomas. The Hokies lost ACC Player of the Year David Wilson as well as their top two recievers. Look for the Clemson defense to try and wreak havoc in Death Valley, forcing Thomas into the same mistakes he made in 2011. If the Tigers can force Hokie turnovers, look for the offense to have a chance at a big game again in the 2012 matchup. Clemson will look to spread the ball out against the Bud Foster defense, with offensive balance being key. If Ellington can have a good day as well as Boyd the Tigers have a good chance at victory. If the more experienced VT defense can pressure Boyd into making bad decisions, it could be a long day for the Tigers. Overall, expect the Tigers to keep up their recent dominance over VT with Clemson winning in Death Valley by at least one touchdown.