LAS VEGAS -- After barely breaking a sweat in September, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence will finally get a chance to play in some serious games this month as the college football schedule begins to improve in quality.
The Tigers coasted in their only two games, outscoring Wake Forest and The Citadel by a combined 86-13, as Lawrence completed 81 percent of his passes for 519 yards and four touchdowns. Lawrence is the odds-on favorite to be the No. 1 pick in next year’s NFL Draft, and the Jets are the favorites to hold that pick.
Will scouts get to see Lawrence play four quarters this week? Clemson is a 28.5-point favorite over Virginia. If that sounds familiar, it should. In last year’s ACC title game, Clemson was a 30.5-point favorite over the Cavaliers and rolled to a 62-17 win.
Virginia, which returned 15 starters and has the talent to be an upper-tier ACC team, opened the season last week with a 38-20 victory over Duke. Brennan Armstrong, a redshirt sophomore quarterback, lived up to his last name by passing for 269 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start.