Here’s an abbreviated version of your weekend rewind:
The good: Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd. He played one of his best games when the Tigers needed him most, and was the unanimous choice as the MVP of the Dr Pepper ACC championship game. Boyd finished with 240 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions on 20 of 29 completions to lead Clemson to a 38-10 win over the Hokies and Clemson’s first ACC title since 1991.
The bad: Nine penalties and three turnovers for Virginia Tech. The Hokies couldn’t seem to get out of their own way, and quarterback Logan Thomas accounted for all three turnovers with two picks and a fumble.
The bold: Hokies running back David Wilson called out the play-calling after the game. After just 32 yards on 11 carries, Wilson wasn’t happy with his opportunities.
The Butkus: BC linebacker Luke Kuechly was presented the Butkus Award this week by none other than Dick Butkus himself at the Eagles’ end-of-the-year banquet. It only took three years for Kuechly to establish himself as the best linebacker in the country.
Three bowl thoughts:
1. Sugar Bowl: Virginia Tech couldn’t have played much worse in the ACC championship game. The Hokies don’t even look like a top 15 team right now, and yet they’re headed to a BCS bowl. No, they don’t deserve that spot, but yes, the ACC will take it. Gladly.
2. Orange Bowl: This is a game Clemson should be expected to win and the ACC can’t afford to lose, but I wouldn’t call the Tigers an overwhelming favorite. Not only is Clemson just too unpredictable – and a month off will make it even more difficult to tell – but West Virginia’s offense could give the Tigers’ defense some problems.
3. Chick-fil-A Bowl: Congrats, Virginia, but this is sort of like being the boss for a day because the boss is sick. The Hoos benefited from Virginia Tech’s ascension to the Sugar Bowl, which threw the selection process a curve ball. It worked out well for everyone, though, because the Chick-fil-A officials weren’t stuck with Florida State for a second straight season, and didn’t have to choose a Clemson team that had already played Auburn. We’ll see if UVa is ready for this stage.