Final: Clemson 59, North Carolina 38

CLEMSON, S.C. -- This was supposed to be one of those games that would give Clemson some trouble, one of the few opponents remaining who could really challenge the undefeated Tigers.

It was. For about a half. And then, in an explosive third quarter in which Clemson scored a school-record 35 points -- almost their season average of 38 points per game -- the Tigers further distanced themselves from the rest of the ACC.

If you didn't believe it before, believe it now: Clemson is the team to beat in the ACC. Depending upon what Georgia Tech does against Miami today, next week's game in Atlanta could be one of the most anticipated of the second half of the season. If Clemson continues to play the way it did today, though, the Tigers will be on cruise control to Charlotte.