- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

Georgia Tech (2-3, 0-2 ACC) at No. 6 Clemson (4-0, 1-0), 3:30 p.m. (ABC/ESPN2)

Line: Clemson by 7.

Series Record: Clemson leads 57-27-2.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Clemson is looking not to have a letdown after its dramatic, 24-22 victory over No. 15 Notre Dame last week. The Tigers are also looking to stay perfect early on in the ACC race. Georgia Tech hopes to avoid its first four game losing streak since 1996.



KEY MATCHUP

Georgia Tech option offense vs. Clemson defense: The Tigers have struggled against the Yellow Jackets attack. Just last year a Clemson defense that would finish No. 1 in fewest yards allowed nationally was riddled by Georgia Tech for 353 yards, 251 on the ground, in a 28-6 defeat. Clemson is giving up just 117 yards on the ground a game this season while Tech is gaining 311 yards rushing per game this fall.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Georgia Tech: QB Justin Thomas was considered the strongest competition to Clemson passer Deshaun Watson in the race for ACC player of the year this season. Thomas has accounted for 12 touchdowns this year, seven of them passing.

Clemson: DE Shaq Lawson has become a force on the Tigers defense. He had 3.5 tackles for loss in the Notre Dame win, while matched most of the game against Irish All-American candidate Ronnie Stanley.

FACTS & FIGURES

Clemson has won the last three games over Georgia Tech at Memorial Stadium. … The Tigers have won the past 12 games at Death Valley and can tie their record by defeating the Yellow Jackets … Georgia Tech has gone 230 straight games without being shutout. That’s the seventh longest current streak in the Football Bowl Subdivision … The Yellow Jackets have blocked 13 kicks since 2013, leading the FBS in that category over that stretch … Clemson and Georgia Tech share a college football legacy in John Heisman, the namesake of the sport’s biggest individual prize who coached both the Tigers and the Yellow Jackets.

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