CFB Conference Championship Games: Early Matchup, Winner Predictions for 2015

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Nov 15, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) runs with the ball against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the first quarter at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Atlantic Coast Conference

Predicted Matchup: Clemson Tigers vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Likely Winner: Georgia Tech
Playoff Implication Scale: High (Win and In)

The first of our Power-5 predictions comes from the ACC, where Florida State has been spearing the competition for seemingly forever. It all ends in 2015. No Jameis…no title.

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Clemson is primed with a firearmed, fleet-footed quarterback named Deshaun Watson, who looks to lead the Tigers to an Atlantic Division title. The problem for the Tigers is, after Watson there is no plan B, so they need to hope he stays healthy.

Georgia Tech proved last season that with the right people in that triple-option system, it can work and it can beat just about anyone. Just about needs to turn into more this season, as the Yellow Jackets have a window they don’t want to let slip by with Justin Thomas at quarterback.

This will be a classic game between two developing rivals.

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