The ACC’s Coastal Division race has never lacked drama in November, and yet somehow the result always seems to be the same: Virginia Tech or Georgia Tech are usually the last teams standing.
This year isn’t much different.
None of the four teams remaining with two losses –- Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Duke and Miami –- control their destinies. Each team needs somebody else to lose in order to get to Charlotte. One thing we do know: The Coastal Division winner will be playing Florida State, which has already locked up its spot in the ACC title game, but can win the Atlantic Division title outright with a win over Syracuse. A win by Florida State would give the program its eighth unbeaten ACC regular season since joining the league in 1992, but the first since 2000.
A win by Georgia Tech over Clemson on Thursday night would give the Jackets a 6-2 league record and no worse than a share of the Coastal Division title. Georgia Tech, which lost to both Miami and Virginia Tech, would need to avoid ties with both of those teams.
The only possible Coastal Division-clinching scenario this week would be if Georgia Tech beats Clemson AND Virginia Tech AND Miami both lose. That would send the Jackets to Charlotte.
Here’s exactly what your team needs to get to Charlotte:
What Duke needs: Win out and have somebody beat Georgia Tech
What Miami needs: Win out and have somebody beat Virginia Tech
What Georgia Tech needs: Beat Clemson and have Miami AND Virginia Tech lose
What Virginia Tech needs: Win out and have somebody beat Duke
The latter seems the most likely. At this point, we have the Hokies in Charlotte.