Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney and his players hoist the 2011 ACC Championship Trophy. (Bob Donnan - US PRESSWIRE)
(AP) --- Logan Thomas isn't normally a player who walks around with a chip on his shoulder.
The Virginia Tech quarterback plans to keep one handy this week while preparing for the Hokies' game at No. 13 Clemson on Saturday. That's because the Tigers manhandled Virginia Tech twice last season, including the ACC title game.
"It's something that I'm not going to let slip out of the back of my mind," Thomas said of the motivational chip. "I have it here, tucked away. Two tough losses last year prevented us (from being) in a bigger bowl game ... but I'm extremely happy to get another shot at them - and hopefully get a chance to take it to them on their own turf."
The Hokies finished 11-3 last season after losing to Michigan in the Sugar Bowl. Without the two losses to the Tigers, they figure they would have at least had to be in the conversation to possibly play for the national championship. Virginia Tech (4-3, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) is coming off its strongest showing of the season, a 41-20 victory against Duke.