With Virginia’s loss to Louisville today, the Miami Hurricanes have clinched the ACC Coastal Division for the first time.
When Miami left the Big East for the ACC, the conference likely envisioned the Hurricanes being a mainstay in the conference championship game. However, with over a decade in the league, the Hurricanes have never played in the ACC Championship Game. That changes this year.
Miami is getting ready for a match-up with No. 3 Notre Dame that has serious College Football Playoff ramifications. Before that game even kicks off, Miami scored a big win, clinching the Coastal Division with Virginia’s loss to Louisville.
Meanwhile, Clemson avoided a scare from struggling Florida State to win the Atlantic Division for the third year in a row and sixth time overall under Dabo Swinney. With those results, our ACC Championship match-up is set.
With Virginia's loss and Clemson's win, the ACC Championship Game matchup is official: Tigers vs Miami, Dec 2 in Charlotte.
— Crooked Halery (@DavidHaleESPN) November 11, 2017
If both teams win out, the December 2 tilt could be a de facto play-in game for the College Football Playoff. However, there is still work to do. Miami has today’s Notre Dame game, a home game against Virginia, and a trip to Pitt. Clemson hosts FCS foe The Citadel before traveling to archrival South Carolina.