|(By John Raoux -- Associated Press)|
The ACC was supposed to be dominated by Miami and Florida State when the Hurricanes joined the ACC in 2004. But since then, Virginia Tech has carried the flag of the conference. Now the Hokies will look to take home their third ACC title in six seasons on Saturday against the Seminoles in the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Tech enters the game on a roll, having won ten consecutive games. After starting the season poorly with two losses, the Hokies have played as well as any other team in the country during that span.
But if Tech wants to take home the title, they will have to limit their mistakes, something they have done all year. VT leads the country in turnover differential but also are taking on an FSU team that leads the country in sacks.
VT will go with a heavy running game with Ryan Williams back to full speed. Between Williams, David Wilson and Darren Evans, FSU will have a lot to handle.
On the other side, Christian Ponder, who has suffered through injuries, is one of the most talented QBs in the country. VT will have to get pressure on Ponder early and often to set the tone.
ACC POY Tyrod Taylor will be the man to keep an eye on, as always. The Hampton QB has only thrown four interceptions this season with 20 touchdowns. The team's ability to hold on to the ball, a trouble early in the season, has been a strength for them during this historic run.
As VT looks to cement itself as the most consistent team in the country, they look to show they are, and will be, the class of the ACC.
On Saturday we will find out.