ATLANTA -- This game has lost some of its luster because of Georgia Tech's past two losses, but you wouldn't know it walking to the stadium Saturday. The frat houses are in full party mode with live bands in the front yards, music is blaring in the stadium, it's homecoming, and, well, Clemson fans have invaded.
It's not exactly Blacksburg cold, but the wind is biting and it's supposed to be in the high 30s by the time the game is wrapped up here. Some players are warming up in long sleeves and gloves; others shorts and T-shirts. The Atlanta skyline surrounds the stadium, and Clemson beat writer Travis Sawchik of the Post and Courier might have described it best when he called this venue the Wrigley Field of the ACC because of its history and neighborhood location. It's a postcard scene as the sun sets here.
There are plenty of subplots in this game and history between these two programs. The ACC could use a good game to cap an otherwise sloppy day in league play. Just how well these two defenses fare will be a major factor in determining the winner. Both have been average, and both offenses have been among the best in the country, though Georgia Tech has been held to season lows in each of the past two games.
This will be Clemson's toughest remaining league game. If the No. 5 team in the nation is as focused as those within the program say it is, the Tigers should remain undefeated Saturday. If not? It wouldn't be the first time.