Published: Mon, December 04, 2017
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

ACC Championship Game 2017 - Clemson vs

ACC Championship Game 2017 - Clemson vs

Speaking on The Paul Finebaum Show Wednesday, McFarland said Clemson deserves to not only make the playoff but be the No. 1 seed regardless of the result of the ACC Championship Game on Saturday.

Saturday's game will likely serve as a play-in game for one of the coveted top four spots to ensure a berth in the College Football Playoff.

The Tigers scored early and never took their foot off the pedal.

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Quarterback Kelly Bryant completed his first 15 passes against Miami's defense, finishing 23-of-29 for 252 yards and two total touchdowns. After opening the year with 10 consecutive wins, Miami sees its College Football Playoff hopes end at the hands of the Tigers on Saturday.

Miami came into the night severely hampered by injuries, falling short of the billing it had received prior to last weekend. Both teams had a loss to a less-than-good team - Miami's to Pittsburgh and Clemson's coming to Syracuse - but nothing they couldn't overcome.

Clemson forced three turnovers in the third quarter with two of them created by senior cornerback Ryan Carter. No two-loss team has made the four-team playoff bracket in its first three years of existence, although Auburn now is ranked No. 2 despite having lost twice this season - including to Clemson.

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