Clemson University and the Virginia Tech will faceoff Saturday in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game. It's a game that has many trash-talking and making friendly wagers on the outcome, even the heads of the two states represented.
As the Tigers prepare to take on the Hokies, the governors for the top two teams have lodged their own competition.
On Thursday, S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell made their own bet. And on Saturday, someone will enjoy some South Carolina barbecue or take home a Virginia ham.
“It's been an incredible season for all of our great state's college football teams, but I'm a Clemson fan who's especially excited about the Tigers' run to the ACC title game,” said Gov. Haley. “So, I told my friend Gov. Bob McDonnell that I'll bet some great South Carolina barbecue from Hudson's Smokehouse in Lexington that Clemson, led by ACC Rookie of the Year Sammy Watkins and head coach Dabo Swinney, will bring home the ACC championship.”
In addition to a Smithfield Foods' genuine Smithfield ham, Gov. McDonnell also put a tin of Virginia Diner “Hokie Nuts” on the line.
“The Clemson Tigers are a formidable opponent but the Hokies’ offense, led by ACC offensive and overall player of the year running back David Wilson and the talented Logan Thomas are on a great run and show no signs of stopping,” said Gov. McDonnell. “This Hokie team is at the top of their game and they’re going to carry forward that momentum to the Tigers in the ACC Championship Game. I look forward to seeing the Hokies take their fifth ACC Championship in their eight years in the conference on Saturday – and afterwards, to enjoying some good South Carolina BBQ.”