Noteworthy: Clemson's Tajh Boyd trails only Oregon QB in passing efficiency

Tigers can clinch Atlantic Division co-title with win over State; Hopkins needs 4 TD catches to set new ACC season record

Tajh Boyd throws a pass in the second half

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Tajh Boyd throws a pass in the second half

Clemson's Tajh Boyd has taken over the ACC lead in passing efficiency from season-long leader EJ Manuel of Florida State, and now ranks second nationally to Oregon's Marcus Mariota.

Boyd, who has thrown 13 first-half touchdown passes in the Tigers' last three games, has a 171.99 rating. Mariota leads the nation with a 176.96 mark, while Georgia's Aaron Murray is third at 170.66.

Tigers Can Be Atlantic Division Co-Champions: If Clemson beats N.C. State on Saturday, the Tigers will finish 7-1 in league play and will, at minimum, be officially designated as 'ACC Atlantic Division co-champion' according to ACC guidelines. Florida State can wrap up its share of the division title by beating Maryland. In that case, the Seminoles will advance to the ACC Championship Game based on tiebreaker advantage over the Tigers.

Hopkins Closing On Another Record: DeAndre Hopkins needs four more touchdown receptions to break the ACC record of 17 that was set by Duke's Clarkston Hines in 1989.

Tiger Can Set Another Mark With 13th Straight: Clemson's victory over Maryland last week set a new Death Valley record for consecutive victories, and tied the school's overall home winning streak mark. With a victory over N.C. State on Saturday, the Tigers will break the all-time program record of a dozen straight wins at Riggs Field.

Swinney Trails Only Hatfield: Dabo Swinney's .882 home winning percentage (15-2) is the second highest in ACC history among coaches with three or more seasons. The record is held by former Clemson coach Ken Hatfield, who was 12-1-1 at Death Valley (.893) in his four seasons.

ACC Looking For More Bowl Eligible Teams: The ACC can accommodate as many as 10 team with postseason opportunities (if the league earns an at-large BCS bid). As of now, the league has just four bowl-eligible teams, however - Clemson, FSU, Duke and N.C. State. Three more teams need one win for bowl eligibility - Miami, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest; while three more need to win-out the final two weeks to go to postseason play - Virginia Tech, Maryland and Virginia.

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TigerNE writes:

The Coastal is a perfect mess this season. Given how Pittsburgh played against ND and how they are spending big $$ on their program (new facilities, e.g.) and how Syracuse played against Louisville, there is every reason to believe there will be some new life coming into the ACC to either make some of the existing weak teams irrelevant or step up recruiting, coaching, and play. Competition is a good thing.

brookesdad729 writes:

Man who woulda thunk it that VaTech, Miami and GT wouldn't be bowl eligible by now! Wow! Talk about a down year for the ACC! Well we need to stay on our "A" game and pray for at at-large bid in the BCS. It's time for us to play the best football we've played thus far. I am not a pessimist at all but we've had about 5-6 turnovers in the last 2 games and we cannot have that against NCSt or SC if we expect to win! Go Tigers!

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