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CFB: The Nation Will Be Watching the FSU-Clemson Showdown in Death Valley

 

What: #5 Florida State vs. #3 Clemson

Where: Clemson, SC

When: Saturday, 8 PM (EST)

TV: ABC

Impact Players

QB Jameis Winston-FSU


QB Tajh Boyd-Clemson


Preview

FSU-Clemson in Death Valley in a primetime ESPN game?  This is definitely a must-watch.  This matchup between two top-5 teams will feature two of the top offenses in the nation led by two of the best quarterbacks in college football.  Tajh Boyd of Clemson has thrown for 1,783 yards and 15 TDs.  Freshman sensation Jameis Winston of FSU has already thrown for 1,441 yards and 17 touchdowns.  The big story is the efficiency of these two passers.  Both QBs have only thrown two interceptions.  Both have a top ten QB rating.  

Despite the talent of these quarterbacks, they have quality weapons around them.  Clemson has multiple weapons besides Boyd in WR Sammy Watkins, WR Adam Humphries, and underatted RB Rod McDowell.  On the Seminole sideline, FSU is led by WR Kenny Shaw, WR Rashad Greene, and RB Devonta Freeman.  

The two defenses are also underrated.  Clemson has the 10 ranked scoring defense in the nation.  Florida State has the #7 total defense in college football.  

Overall, this game will be a huge factor in the ACC race and the chase for the BCS Championship.  Both QBs will try to make a statement on national televison as they are both Heisman candidates.  This game should be an intensly close shootout just like 2012's matchup in Talahassee.  

Prediction

Jameis Winston further showcases his skills as his FSU comes oh-so-close.  The Clemson crowd and the Senior leadership of Tajh Boyd prove to be the difference.  Clemson 45-Florida State 42.

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