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ACC division winners set

This year, as we head into the final week of the regular season in the ACC, we do so knowing Georgia Tech and Clemson will represent the conference in the Dec. 5 ACC championship game in Tampa.

How refreshing.

This will be Clemson’s first appearance in the championship game and first chance at the title since winning it in 1991. Georgia Tech had a share of the title in 1998 and won it outright in 1990, the year it won the national title. The Jackets’ last appearance in the ACC championship game was in 2006, when they lost to Wake Forest.

Both Georgia Tech and Clemson are ranked in the latest BCS standings, and both teams are on a roll, setting up what should be an entertaining finish to the conference race. Clemson is on a six-game winning streak and hasn’t lost since Oct. 3 at Maryland (huh?). Georgia Tech has won eight straight and hasn’t lost since Sept. 17 at Miami.

Paul Johnson’s explanation as to what happened that day?

“I don’t have any idea,” he said on Sunday’s teleconference. “I think Miami was very motivated and they came to play and they played an excellent game, so my hat’s off to them. I don’t know, maybe we were tired, maybe we just got beat. The better team won that night. Miami was better than us.”

It’s a different story now, though, as Georgia Tech and Clemson have established themselves as the best in the ACC. Both teams should be favored heading into this weekend’s rivalry games against Georgia and South Carolina, and as long as they’re not looking ahead to Dec. 5, the should continue their winning streaks into the title game.