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Football: Virginia vs. Clemson preview

Virginia at No. 18 clemson
Where: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, S.C. | When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday
Records: Cavaliers 3-7, 2-4 ACC; Tigers 7-3, 5-2
TV: WJLA (Channel 7), WMAR (Channel 2). | Radio: WGRQ (95.9 FM), WTNT (570 AM).

Stopping Spiller
Clemson running back C.J. Spiller might be the nation's most versatile player. Spiller is a threat to score touchdowns running, receiving, returning, even passing. Virginia limited Spiller to 18 yards rushing and a season-low 1.3 yards per carry last season, but he threw for the game's only touchdown in Clemson's 13-3 win in Charlottesville. Spiller also threw a touchdown pass in last weekend's 43-23 win over North Carolina State.

Who's in the Backfield?
Fullback Rashawn Jackson has now become Virginia's featured running back. His backup in last weekend's 14-10 loss to Boston College was a surprise: freshman Perry Jones. Mikell Simpson, who entered the season as Virginia's starter, did not even receive a carry. Simpson has two games left in what once appeared would be a promising career, and his role on the team remains a question.

Spoilers
Clemson will win the ACC Atlantic Division and earn their first appearance in the ACC title game with a win Saturday But a loss to the Cavaliers coupled with two Boston College wins would leave Clemson on the outside looking in. Boston College hosts North Carolina at noon on Saturday, which means the result will likely be determined by kickoff of the Virginia-Clemson game. If the Eagles win, the stakes will become higher for Clemson.

By Zach Berman  |  November 20, 2009; 1:54 PM ET
 
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