David Scott’s three things to watch in Saturday’s ACC football championship game between Clemson and North Carolina at Bank of America Stadium:
Contain the QBs
Each team is led by a talented, dual-threat quarterback – Clemson’s Deshaun Watson and North Carolina’s Marquise Williams, who have shown they can win games with either their arms or legs. Slowing down the quarterback is job No. 1 for both defenses.
Limiting the mistakes
While the Clemson and North Carolina offenses are among the best in the country, both have had issues with turnovers. The Tar Heels nearly gave away games against Virginia Tech and N.C. State with late mistakes. Clemson, despite its offensive prowess, has a minus-three turnover margin.
Big plays on defense
Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson leads the country with 20.5 tackles-for-loss and has eight sacks. North Carolina’s M.J. Stewart has four interceptions and averages an ACC-best 1.7 pass breakups per game. With plenty of points likely to be scored, it might come down to a singular play on defense from a player like Lawson or Stewart to decide it.
North Carolina vs. Clemson
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte
Saturday, 8 p.m.