Clemson football: The path to ACC Championship in the final two weeks

The 2021 Clemson football regular season has just two weeks remaining.

The Tigers will close out their home schedule with a game this weekend against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons before hitting the road for a short trip down I-26 to take on in-state rival South Carolina in Williams-Brice Stadium.

After that? It’s about as up-in-the-air as we’ve seen in six years.

Clemson has not been eliminated from winning the ACC Atlantic Division, but you’d be inaccurate if you said it was ‘likely’ that the Tigers ended up back in Charlotte three weeks from now. Still, there is a path and Wake Forest certainly helped Clemson this weekend picking up a win over NC State.

The path to the ACC Championship for Clemson football in the final two weeks of the regular season

The path to the ACC Championship is clear-cut and there is no other scenario. Here’s what it looks like:

  1. Clemson beats Wake Forest this weekend
  2. NC State loses one more to either Syracuse or UNC
  3. Wake Forest loses to Boston College to end the season

A three-way tie won’t get Clemson to the ACC Championship game.

The Tigers need NC State to lose one more– finishing 5-3 in conference play– and they’re going to need Wake Forest to lose their final two, one of which will be a matchup this weekend in Death Valley.

Wake Forest could clinch the ACC Atlantic Division with a win over Clemson, but the Deacons aren’t eliminated if they lost. As long as they win one of their last two– either Clemson or Boston College– they’re going to Charlotte.

NC State needs Wake Forest to lose to both Clemson and Boston College and they need to win their final two games.

It’s certainly not the most likely scenario that we see Clemson in Charlotte for the ACC Championship game, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility either.