Jackson, Watson likely to be among Heisman finalists

Clemson looks headed to the College Football Playoff for the second consecutive season.

Clemson's spot in the College Football Playoff was likely cemented Saturday night with a 42-35 win against Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game.

"This guy right here is the best player in the country", Swinney said of Watson, who improved to 30-3 as a starting quarterback in his career. Watson completed all five of his passes and scored on a 3-yard touchdown run to make it 7-0 with 11:47 left in the first quarter. He added 85 yards on the ground with two scores. They forced a punt three plays later.

On Virginia Tech's next offensive possession, the Tigers appeared to have held the Hokies to another three-and-out, but punter Mitchell Ludwig swung the momentum back in Tech's direction with a completed fake punt pass on 4th-and-15 to Terrell Edmunds across the middle.

But the No. 19 Hokies got touchdown runs from running back Travon McMillian and quarterback Jerod Evans to stick close.

Clemson's defense late 3rd/early 4th: On three consecutive drives from late in the third quarter until early in the fourth quarter Virginia Tech went 75, 65 and 76 yards for touchdowns.

"We've been there before. We were down 17 in the Notre Dame game and we were able to rally together to fight back", Hokies receiver Isaiah Ford said. I knew we would come out on top.

Virginia Tech scored again on a 26-yard pass from Evans to Cam Phillips with 5:43 left, but Tankersley's interception on the Hokies' ensuing possession secured Clemson's win.

Virginia Tech, however, was coping with all the trials that go with a coaching change. Clemson has also had issues playing to its potential all season and covered just one of its last five ACC games.

The Clemson Tigers will take on Virginia Tech. The college football odds for the game have the Tigers favored to pick up the win.

Johnson said they're hoping to have 50,000 people at the game. But we didn't do all this work just to get here.

Watson almost got his team in big trouble in the third quarter when his pass was tipped by defensive lineman Vinny Mihota and then intercepted by linebacker Andrew Motuapuaka.

Baylor held the momentum for almost three quarters in the final regular-season game for acting coach Jim Grobe, but that changed on two plays.

The ACC title game was moved from Charlotte, N.C., to Orlando after North Carolina passed a controversial HB2 law many argued discriminated against the lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual community. Evans threw for 264 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 46 yards and two scores, but he also had two interceptions, including the one that ended the Hokies comeback bid.

Clemson outscored the Hokies 14-7 in the first quarter, extending its margin in the first frame to 166-27 this year.

Four NFL scouts are reportedly going to be scouting Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson and others during the 2016 ACC Championship game in Orlando, Fla. on Saturday night at 8 pm ET.

The ejection was the first of the year for Clemson. Two first down passes to Phillips got the Hokies down to the Clemson 23.