5 Reasons Why Clemson Tigers Will Beat Florida State Seminoles
5 Factors That Will Help Clemson Beat Florida State
The Clemson Tigers and Florida State Seminoles are pretty evenly matched. They are both undefeated, both currently ranked in the top five of the AP Top 25, and both have great quarterbacks leading their team in Tajh Boyd for Clemson and Jameis Winston for Florida State.
This game is sure not to disappoint on Saturday night. It will be an exciting, back-and-forth quarterback battle that is sure to keep you glued to the television and will definitely be a close one.
What factors will make the difference for Clemson to win the game?
They have plenty of offensive weapons, though most of them are in the passing game since their running game needs some work. Any weaknesses on the Florida State side are sure to play to Clemson’s advantage, but you have to look deep to find a weakness for either team. Clemson’s is their running game, while Florida State’s might not be so obvious.
You also might consider the fact that it is a home game for Clemson. Death Valley has a very intimidating atmosphere for any opposing players, but especially for those who have not played there before.
Experience is another thing to consider. Who has been here before? Who knows how to handle themselves in big games? Who has been successful in big games recently? It is all going to play into who wins and who loses the game.
Though it will be close, I see Clemson coming out on top and all of the following factors will play a big role in them getting the win over Florida State.
5. Sammy Watkins
The Clemson receiver could be considered one of the best receivers in the nation. Sammy Watkins has caught the ball 36 times this season for 582 yards and four touchdowns. A Heisman-caliber quarterback in Boyd throwing to one of the best receivers in the nation? It sure sounds dangerous to me.
4. Jameis Winston’s Lack of Experience
Winston is a red-shirt freshman that hasn’t played in an atmosphere as intimidating as Death Valley yet. He’s been impressive so far this season, but he will not be prepared for what Death Valley will throw at him. The crowd and the environment may be a little too much for him to handle, and his lack of experience will be Florida State’s weakness in this game.
3. Ability to Win Big Games
Clemson started their season off right by beating the Georgia Bulldogs the first week of the season when Georgia was ranked No. 5 and Clemson was No. 8. It was an upset that proved Clemson deserved the spot they had in the top 10 and that they could compete with the big boys in the top five. Boyd said this win wasn’t a statement as much as it was a step toward greater goals, which we can figure are being ranked No. 1 and going to the National Championship game. It was their second-straight win against a top 10 SEC opponent -- they beat the LSU Tigers in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl to end last season. Watch out Alabama Crimson Tide! Bama is lucky they don’t have Clemson on their schedule -- yet.
2. Tajh Boyd
Boyd has more experience in big games than Florida State’s Winston, and that could make all the difference in Boyd's performance vs. Winston’s. He also has an advantage by playing at home. Boyd reignited Heisman talk with his performance against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons earlier in the season by completing 17-of-24 passes, throwing for 311 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. He even threw for 270 yards and three touchdowns in the Tigers’ win over then No. 5 Georgia in the opener. Boyd has 1,783 yards passing with 15 touchdowns, as well as 187 yards rushing and five touchdowns. He continues to be a Heisman contender, and I think he will win this quarterback battle. However, he will not be the biggest difference-maker in this game.
1. Home-Field Advantage
Clemson’s Death Valley is a very difficult place for opposing teams to play since it is so intimidating. The Tigers haven’t lost to another ACC team there since 2010, and that is truly going to be the difference-maker. The lack of experience by Winston plus the intimidating atmosphere will give Clemson the advantage in this game.