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No. 3 Clemson looking to take final step into playoffs

The way Clemson coach Dabo Swinney sees it, the pressure is the same as it's been all season.

No. 3 Clemson plays No. 19 Virginia Tech on Saturday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game, with the Tigers looking for their second straight league title.

A victory most likely would return the Tigers (11-1) to the playoffs, where they moved up a spot to No. 3 from last week in the latest rankings behind Alabama and Ohio State and just ahead of Washington. But the demands to play like winners, Swinney said, are always there.

"It was at stake at Auburn, it was at stake versus Troy, it was at stake at Georgia Tech," he said. Tuesday. "It's...