Just a quick note.  Al Curtiss is handling the written portion of the ACC Championship post-game commentary.  A.J. Curtiss will be handling the video portion on our Facebook page.  Enjoy.

CHARLOTTE NC – It is very rare for a team — that is undefeated as well as the defending National Champion — to enter a game with a chip on their shoulder, but that is exactly what happened at the ACC Championship game Saturday night in Charlotte.  Clemson hung 62 points on the Virginia Cavaliers – 31 in the first half — and with each point Dabo Swinney and his Tigers sent a clear message to their doubters and that was We are Clemson, the only team in the NCAA to make the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) 5 years in a row.

Swinney said as much in the post-game press conference, where he reminded the Clemson doubters that although they “have not played anyone,” they are one of only 3 undefeated teams and they will be one of the top four in nation when the playoffs are announced. “We will play somewhere and play someone, and be thankful for the opportunity.”

That someone will face a Clemson offense who features QB Trevor Lawerence, who threw for 4 touchdowns and 302 yards; and Travis Etienne, who ran for 114 yards on only 14 early carries.

In fact, following his team’s 62-17 loss, Virginia Cavaliers Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall offered a warning to that “someone” who will be Clemson’s next opponent. “ I think for almost anyone in the nation to match their (Clemson) personnel and their execution would be difficult. They are very skilled at quarterback at an elite level, very skilled at running back at an elite level, very skilled at least three of the receiver positions with a very strong offensive front. So the personnel is national caliber, National Championship caliber.”

At noon on Sunday, it was announced that “someone” is Ohio State and that “somewhere” is the Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ.  Trust me when I tell you that the Buckeyes will be facing a Clemson team that is still carrying a big chip on their shoulder.