Game of the Day Preview: No. 10 Clemson at No. 4 Florida State
The Tigers, who own one of the most dynamic offensive units behind the trio of Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins and Andre Ellington, have started the season 3-0 and have outscored those on its schedule 119-53.
Coach Jimbo Fisher and the Seminoles have enjoyed an easy walkthrough the begin the new campaign, facing Murray State, Savannah State and Wake Forest en route to an undefeated record thus far.
What to expect with Clemson: Yes, the Seminoles own the nation's top scoring defense. But come on, they shut out Savannah State (lost to Oklahoma State 84-0) and Wake Forest, while allowing three points to Murray State. Big deal. The Clemson offense is something FSU hasn't seen this year OR last year, and that's saying a lot since it lost to the Tigers 35-30. Watch for Clemson to attack the middle as Florida State's front seven attempts to put pressure in the backfield.
What to expect with Florida State: It all comes down to the performance from E.J. Manuel. If he can be the elite quarterback the Noles were expecting him to be, FSU will come out on top and likely glide into the ACC title game. This is definitely a possibility because the Tigers have been a little soft in the secondary through the first three games. But if not, the offense will struggle — Clemson has a solid run defense — and it won't be able to keep up with the Tigers' explosiveness.
Prediction: Be prepared for a battle. This game could easily go in either direction, depending on the way things are settled in the first quarter. Still, I'm confident that Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has his team prepared to pull off the upset. I'm not a believer in E.J. Manuel, who has yet to prove himself on a national stage. If the Tigers can get a rush on him, they'll force him into some ill-advised decisions — like we're used to seeing with him — and Tajh Boyd and Co. will capitalize.
Clemson 30, Florida State 28 --- via Week 4 predictions