Swinney: Virginia ‘Building Something Special'
While the Virginia Cavaliers football program had some stellar seasons under former coaches George Welsh and Al Groh, including two Atlantic Coast Conference co-championships (1989 and 1995), the team struggled more times than not between 2010-15 under Mike London.
Clemson's ACC Championship History
Clemson has a 5-1 record in six previous appearances in the ACC Championship Game. In the first two appearances, Clemson played a team it faced earlier that season. But, this year's matchup represents the fifth straight time Clemson has played a team for the first time that season in the ACC Championship Game.
Can the Clemson Tigers Jump to No. 1? Maybe.
The Clemson Tigers remained No. 3 in the penultimate College Football Playoff rankings. But after seven straight weeks of dominant football, the Tigers have rejoined the committee's conversations with regards to being moved back to the coveted No. 1 spot.
Muse Looking Forward to Virginia Challenge
While the Clemson Tigers defense has met, and stymied, most of the high-powered offenses they have faced in 2019, the team may not have played another opponent quite like the Virginia Cavaliers, with a dual-threat quarterback and a shifty corps of wide receivers who can find openings in the defense.
Boyd Helped Build the Program
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney never forgets the players who helped build the Tigers into the program they are today — a national powerhouse and college football's new dynasty. But there is one player who he has a special affinity for when he thinks back on those players, his first quarterback, Tajh Boyd