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Clemson coach Dabo Swinney: In order to significantly increase his chances of becoming the next head coach, Swinney had to first beat rival South Carolina and get the Tigers bowl eligible, which he did. Swinney helped turn around a program that seemed hopeless a few weeks ago, and the offense has shown significant improvement since he took over.
NC State quarterback Russell Wilson: He did it again, and this time the Pack is bowl eligible because of it. Wilson threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in NC State's 38-28 win over Miami. He threw for 220 yards and ran for another 58, and he did it again without throwing an interception.
Boston College's front seven: The Eagles' defense was just too much for Maryland to overcome and for the fifth straight time they held an opponent to under 100 yards rushing. In fact, the Terps had their second game with negative yardage, finishing with minus four yards rushing, and quarterback Chris Turner was sacked five times. The win sent BC to the ACC championship game for the second straight season.
Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster: It's time the man behind the machine got some credit. Foster's defense has been the key all season, and was again in the 17-14 win over rival Virginia that sent the Hokies to the ACC championship game for the third time in four years. Virginia Tech got an interception with 2:15 left to play and then held the Cavaliers to negative yardage on the final series.
Georgia Tech's backs: The tandem of Jonathan Dwyer and Roddy Jones helped the Yellow Jackets overcome a 16-point halftime deficit en route to a 45-42 upset of Georgia. Jones ran for a career-best 214 yards and two touchdowns, and Dwyer ran for 144 and two more scores. They contributed to 409 rushing yards, the most Georgia has allowed since 1994. The win snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Bulldogs.