From time to time, we talk about various issues and here, most take a very cerebral, objective, almost scientific view of the games. I think that's great, math was always my thing growing up. Love the stats, etc.
So, along those lines, when it comes to rematches, I think "this site" takes the view that in rematches, there is no advantage to the loser of the first game. I'm not a believer in that, personally, but I get the point. Point is, "best team should win."
Clemson absolutely murderized Va Tech in their first meeting. Clemson was coming off two straight huge, emotional wins for them. Game was in Blacksburg. Virginia Tech had every advantage imaginable and yet, Clemson beat them by three touchdowns.
Now we are looking at VPI vs. Clemson for the ACC title. Game is in Charlotte, probably within 100 miles of the majority of Clemson fans that go to the games. The Carolina Panthers actually played their home games in Clemson while their stadium was being built, it's "that close."
So, with all of that, Va Tech is favored by more than a TD in the game. And I think most believe Tech will cover that spread. I find the whole thing to be very interesting. Clearly, Clemson is in free fall at the moment. But I also think that their collapse, combined with, Tech losing to them earlier in the year, is why I believe Tech curb stomps them.
I like to think that teams will be their best, prepartion-wise, for a conference title game. But that doesn't always happen, i.e., Bama's beatdown of UF in the 1999 SEC title game, for example. Now, I think there's little chance of Tech not taking Clemson VERY SERIOUSLY! And that's bad news for Dabo. Again.
Then again, I'm the guy who told the Tech people in Charlotte last year, "enjoy it now, next year we're taking our conference back." My bad....