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Georgia Tech-Clemson Preview Capsule

Georgia Tech (2-3, 1-3 ACC) at No. 15 Clemson (4-1, 1-1), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: Clemson by 10.

Series Record: Georgia Tech leads 50-25-2.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Clemson's looking to head to its bye week with a second straight victory, along with giving the Yellow Jackets a bit of payback for 2011's 31-17 defeat that ended the Tigers 8-0 start. Georgia Tech is hoping to avoid a three-game losing streak after losing to Miami two weeks ago and to Middle Tennessee of the Sun Belt Conference last Saturday.

KEY MATCHUP

Georgia Tech QB Tevin Washington vs. Clemson's defense. Washington ran for a 176 yards — the most ever for a Yellow Jackets QB — and two touchdowns in last year's win over the Tigers. Clemson is eighth in the ACC and 81st nationally at stopping the run.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Georgia Tech: LB Jeremiah Attouchu was among the ACC's top pass rushers a year ago with six sacks. He's got a half a sack so far and will need to put pressure on a Clemson offensive line that's given up two sacks its past three games.

Clemson: WR DeAndre Hopkins has been particularly spectacular in games when Tigers star receiver Sammy Watkins is not on the field. Hopkins had a school-record 13 catches against Auburn, then tied the Clemson mark with three TD catches a week later against Ball State. He had 11 catches for 197 yards — another school mark — in last week's win at Boston College. Watkins did not play in those three contests.

FACTS & FIGURES

Clemson is 1-4 against Georgia Tech since Dabo Swinney became coach midway through the 2008 season, including a 39-34 loss in the 2009 ACC championship game. ... The Yellow Jackets have lost two straight at home on consecutive weekends for the first time since 1988 ... Clemson WR Watkins missed last week's game with an abdominal virus, the third game he's missed this season. He has 10 catches for 76 yards and no touchdown grabs. ... Washington leads the ACC with 11 touchdowns. He's second nationally to Nevada RB Stephon Jefferson (12). ... Famed Georgia Tech coach John Heisman coached at Clemson from 1900 to 1903 before moving on to join the Yellow Jackets.

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