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Virginia Tech did not play on Saturday. But still, the outlook for the Hokies changed after the day's games.

Clemson shocked No. 8 Miami, 40-37, in overtime to shakeup the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division. [See video, below.] Coupled with Georgia Tech's 34-9 win at Virginia, the outcome gave the Yellow Jackets control of their own fate.

No. 11 Georgia Tech leads the Coastal Division. If it and No. 15 Virginia Tech win out, each could finish with only one loss in conference play. But the Yellow Jackets hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Hokies, who lost 28-23 in Atlanta on Oct. 17. Virginia Tech would need Georgia Tech to lose to either of its remaining conference games (Wake Forest on Nov. 7 or at Duke on Nov. 14) in order to get in the ACC title game.

Miami's loss would seem to end its ACC title hopes. Everything believed about the Hurricanes early on has changed, and some reality has started to settle in.

Even on a day when Virginia Tech was inactive (it practiced here in Blacksburg, Va.), its season has seen a dramatic change. Such is life in the wacky ACC.

By Mark Viera  |  October 25, 2009; 10:48 AM ET
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