The ACC Championship race in 2020 has a simple premise but no certain answers. Clemson, the five-time conference champs and current No. 1 team in the country, is expected to be the best team in the league and nearly a lock to make to Charlotte as one of the top two teams in the 15-team, division-free standings established for 2020. That is not a guarantee that Clemson will go undefeated in league play like it did in 2015, 2018 and 2019, but it acknowledges that if the Tigers do lose, it’s highly unlikely that it would happen multiple times and two other teams finishing the season with a better winning percentage in conference play.
So the ACC Championship Game picture is at least partially easy to predict, but finding the right side to back as Clemson’s likely opponent is much more difficult, particularly after a strong debut from Virginia Tech.