MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — After 13 seasons of attempting, Miami is lastly headed to its first Atlantic Coast Conference championship sport.
And reigning nationwide champion Clemson shall be ready.
No. Four Clemson and No. 7 Miami clinched their berths Saturday within the ACC title matchup, which shall be performed Dec. 2 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Clemson (9-1, 7-1 ACC) wrapped up its third consecutive Atlantic Division championship with a 31-14 win Saturday over Florida State. Miami (Eight-Zero getting into Saturday, 6-Zero ACC) now’s badured of its first outright Coastal Division championship as a result of Virginia misplaced 38-17 at Louisville.
“It’s the first goal we set,” Miami huge receiver Braxton Berrios stated. “It’s one thing that no Miami crew has finished within the ACC. So clearly, that is vital in itself proper there. And to have a look at our different objectives and see they’re far more vital than simply the Coastal, it is even greater.
“Nobody’s been in a position to come to Miami and say, `We went to the ACC championship.’ We would be the first crew to try this. That’s simply big.”
The Hurricanes discovered of their clinching about an hour earlier than kickoff time of their sport towards No. Three Notre Dame on Saturday evening. They entered the ACC in 2004 and have but to win a convention title, nor had they managed even a division championship because the ACC went to that format in 2005.
Miami entered the season as the favourite within the Coastal. Everyone else within the division now has at the least three ACC losses, whereas Miami is the lone unbeaten in league play.
Miami might have gone to the ACC title sport in 2012 after ending in a three-way tie atop the Coastal, however declined the chance as one of many many self-imposed sanctions badociated to an NCAA probe into the actions of a rogue former booster.
It’s Clemson’s fifth berth within the ACC title sport. The Tigers are Three-1 of their earlier journeys, profitable in every of the final two seasons.
“This is a extremely, actually troublesome league and extremely troublesome division,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said earlier in the week. “But what? Isn’t that the way in which we would like it? To me that is the way in which you need it. You know, for years everyone talked about how dangerous this league was and could not win postseason and could not win out of convention. It’s probably not a dialogue anymore. “
Miami leads the all-time collection with Clemson 6-Four — however the final badembly was the worst loss in Hurricanes’ historical past. Clemson beat Miami 58-Zero on Oct. 24, 2015, a day earlier than the Hurricanes fired Al Golden and some weeks earlier than they wound up hiring coach Mark Richt.
“This was the purpose from Day One of this season, whether or not you wish to rely that as final January or this fall,” Berrios said. “Now different objectives change into doable. And we perceive these objectives as nicely.”
Miami would be the fifth crew within the final 5 years to symbolize the Coastal within the ACC championship sport, following, so as, Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. No Coastal crew has received the league crown since Virginia Tech in 2010.
Clemson is representing the Atlantic for the fifth time within the final 9 seasons. The final time the Atlantic champion wasn’t Clemson or Florida State was 2008, when Boston College performed within the title matchup.