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4-0, 2nd in ACC - Atlantic
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A sea of orange at the Orange Bowl?

Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy both project a Clemson-Tennessee matchup in the Orange Bowl. Both unbeaten teams have higher hopes. Bowl projections

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Louisville-Clemson big swing game of Heisman season (2:22)
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ACC providing the fireworks again in Week 5

The ACC will be the focus of the college football world again this weekend, led by the top-5 showdown between Louisville and Clemson.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Is Deshaun Watson running less this year? Through 4 games in 2015, Watson had 35 rushes, not counting sacks. Through 4 games this season, he has 33. Doesn't seem like much of a change, but here's why that's actually a huge difference… In 2015, Clemson's offense had run 289 plays through four games. This year, that number is 323. In addition, just six of Watson's rushes last season were a scramble (as opposed to a designed run), while nine have been this year. When accounting for those differences, Watson ran by design once every 10 offensive plays last year. This year, he's doing so every 14 plays, or approximately 40 percent less. And while Watson is running less often, he's also running less effectively. Last year, he averaged 5.94 yards per run through four games. This year, just 4.03 — a 32 percent drop. That can almost entirely be explained by the offensive line. Watson's yards-per-rush (not counting sacks) average before contact has been cut nearly in half, from 4.09 per carry to 2.24. Taken together, Watson's overall rushing production — fewer attempts, less yards-per-rush — is down about 43 percent from the first four games of last season.

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ACC making its College Football Playoff case (0:40)
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Marty Smith goes inside the program with Clemson (2:53)

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

The ACC has four teams ranked in the Top 14, including two in the Top 5 -- helping boost the league's overall strength. At the end of last season, the league ranked No. 5 in the ESPN Stats & Information conference power rankings. Today, the league is No. 3 through four weeks, with only four points separating the Top 3.

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Playing catch, talking football with Deshaun Watson (0:15)
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Marty Smith ESPN 

Threw some ball, talked some ball w Clemson QB DeShaun Watson. Chatted fame, expectation, definition of success. And there's a surprise ending.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson co-OC Jeff Scott said they've purposefully rotated on the offensive line so far this year. "There's a price to be paid for experience," Scott said of some of the line's struggles to gel as a result. Scott said it's part of coach Dabo Swinney's philosophy to play anyone who's practice performance dictates playing time.

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Does Watson need to run more to open up Clemson's offense? (0:23)
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David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Does Deshaun Watson need to run more to open up Clemson's offense? He has 33 non-sack runs through four games and is averaging just 4.03 yards per rush on those runs (down from 6.2 last year), and he said he's only going to run if the defense allows it.

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson was supposed to have the ACC's best offense. Most predictions pegged Florida State's five-star laden defense as the conference's best. Through three games vs. FBS competition, Clemson is 10th in the ACC in scoring and total offense, and FSU's defense is last in scoring and 11th in yards. It's a large enough sample size that it can't be attributed to just slow starts.

 

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Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

With No. 3 Louisville headed to No. 5 Clemson on Saturday, the ACC already has multiple Top 10 matchups this season. That has only happened twice previously.

Marty Smith ESPN 

I love it when a star isn't "too cool" to still be a fan! Dabo Swinney told me a hilarious story about meeting Pitt/Dallas Cowboys legend Tony Dorsett: He was at the ACC awards dinner and sees Dorsett. Freaks. "That's TONY DORSETT. I ain't leavin' here til I meet him! "Here I'm about to accept ACC Coach of the Year and I'm all super fan over here." Suddenly, here comes Dorsett, says... "I HAVE to get a picture with you. My agent will die!" Dorsett's agent? A Clemson grad. And then this showed up in the mail.

Marty Smith ESPN 

Just asked Dabo Swinney what he sees when he studies Louisville QB Lamar Jackson: "He's Michael Vick, right-handed." Strong.

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Reversals of fortune for Miles, Vols and Irish highlight Week 4 (1:32)
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Notes you need to know coming out of Week 4

At the quarter-season mark we have already seen two head coaches and two coordinators relieved of their duties. It is simply too early in the year for all this change.

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Tigers state case for contention

Clemson's defense was absolutely dominant in a 26-7 win at Georgia Tech on Thursday night, holding the Yellow Jackets to 124 yards of offense. Tech averaged only 2.5 yards on 38 rushing attempts. Schlabach: GameDay Final

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Badgers, Vols climb AP Top 25 after statement wins (0:51)

Team Stats

Passing Yards293.0Tied-26th
Rushing Yards159.585th
Points For33.555th
Points Against11.0Tied-5th

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