Clemson vs. Florida State fearless prediction and game preview.
Clemson vs. Florida State Broadcast
Date: Saturday, October 12
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC
Clemson (5-0) vs. Florida State (3-2) Game Preview
Why Florida State Will Win
Shhhhhhhhhh, but the Seminoles really are playing better.
This isn’t the Florida State team of that used to battle with Clemson in battles that helped shape the national championship race, but the athletes are there on both sides of the ball to hang around with the Tiger talent.
The passing game keeps on working. James Blackman is ready to go, Alex Hornibrook is expected to see some time turning in two wonderful performances – hitting 73% of his passes for 571 yards and five touchdowns with no picks in the two wins – and the team has the ability to bomb away and either keep up or comeback.
At the very least, the Noles are going to keep on pressing.
The FSU defense still hasn’t been anything great, the offensive line is having its issues, and this still isn’t a sharp enough team overall, but it’s dominating in the turnover battle with a +5 overall and only losing the fight once.
Why Clemson Will Win
The Tigers have had two weeks to sit and stew on the close-call loss to North Carolina. Get ready for the recharge.
Clemson is getting hammered nationally for not looking or playing like the be-all-end-all national champion we were all expecting it to be, but it has still been terrific.
Of course the Tigers have to up their overall game to win another national title, but the pass rush is still terrific, the running game is working, and Trevor Lawrence will be fine – he’s Trevor Lawrence.
To go Aaron Rodgers from a few years ago … R-E-L-A-X.
Florida State might be better than it’s being given credit for, but get ready for the rested Clemson defensive line to turn it loose against this still-struggling Seminole O front.
The FSU secondary that has talent isn’t producing. It’s giving up close to 300 yards per game, it isn’t generating enough interceptions, and it’s about to deal with a Clemson receiving corps that’s overdue to bust out and do even more.
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What’s Going To Happen
Can Florida State survive the first half?
Clemson will come out trying to beat North Carolina by more – it’ll try to show that two weeks ago was an aberration.
The Tigers will come up with a few early scoring drives to make it look like a wipeout, but FSU will stay alive with a few scores to keep it closer than it probably should be. Again, this is a Seminole team with a whole lot of talent and a whole lot of big-time athleticism, but it won’t be enough to overcome the issues on the lines.
Clemson will pull away in the second half, but it’s not going to quite look and play like Clemson yet.
Clemson vs. Florida State Prediction, Line
Clemson 40, Florida State 17
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