- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

No. 1 Clemson (12-0, 8-0 ACC, No. 1 CFP) vs. No. 8 North Carolina (11-1, 8-0 ACC, No. 10, CFP) at Charlotte, North Carolina, 8 p.m. (ABC)

Line: Clemson by 6 ½.

Series Record: Clemson leads 36-19-1.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

With a victory Clemson will win its second ACC Championship this decade (2011) and wrap up a spot in the College Football Playoff. North Carolina is making its first appearance in the ACC Championship game and has an outside shot at claiming one of the four playoff spots if they can upset the top-ranked Tigers.

KEY MATCHUP

Clemson QB Deshaun Watson vs. North Carolina’s improved defense. The sophomore quarterback ranks third nationally in pass completion percentage. Watson, the ACC Player of the Year, led the conference with 331.6 total yards per game and 36 total touchdowns. He tops the league in passing yardage (3,223), TD passes (27) and passing efficiency rating (161.9). The Tar Heels defense has dramatically improved under first-year defensive coordinator Gene Chizik. Carolina is allowing 394.9 yards per game compared to 497.8 last season.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Clemson: Sophomore WR Artavis Scott has 153 catches during his two seasons with the Tigers, including 77 this year. He is on pace to break the ACC career mark of 283 catches, held jointly by Duke’s Jamison Crowder (2011-14) and Conner Vernon (2009-12), providing he doesn’t turn pro.

North Carolina: QB Marquise Williams has thrown for 55 touchdowns and run for 32 during his career with the Tar Heels. The versatile Williams has even caught three TD passes.

FACTS & FIGURES

The last time the Tar Heels won an ACC football championship was 1980 before there was a championship game. … Clemson has won 15 straight games, the longest streak in the country. … Clemson DE Shaq Lawson leads the nation in tackles for a loss with 20 and is a finalist for the Bronco Nagurski Award given to the nation’s best defensive player. … Tar Heels WR/PR Ryan Switzer has seven career punt returns for touchdowns, the most in ACC history. … Clemson K Greg Huegel has made 91.3 percent (21 of 23) of his field goal attempts this season. … Coach Dabo Swinney is now 73-26 in his career at Clemson.

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