Orange Bowl

Foster, Venables bring top schemes to ACC title game

When Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables learned the Tigers were facing Virginia Tech for the Atlantic Coast Conference title, he had a strong message for his players.

No. 3 Clemson (11-1; No. 3 College Football Playoff) tries to penetrate the defense of No. 19 Virginia Tech (9-3; No. 23 CFP) on Saturday night in the ACC championship game.

"We're going to have to play our butts off on defense because I know our offense is going to have to play its butts off," Venables said of Hokies' counterpart, Bud Foster. "Nothing's going to come easy."

It rarely does for opponents when facing the game plans of Venables or Foster, two of college...