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Florida State vs Clemson: ACC Showdown Carries National Championship Implications

What happens when you put a record breaking QB like Tajh Boyd on the field against a star freshman quarterback  and fellow Heisman candidate, like Jameis Winston? A lot of trash talking fans, College GameDay on campus, and a monumental match up between Florida State and Clemson.

The 3rd ranked Clemson Tigers are undefeated just like the 5th ranked Seminoles. Both teams are loaded with extremely talented wide receivers, nationally ranked defenses and of course, star quarterbacks. So who wins in Death Valley on Saturday?

If Clemson wants a shot, Boyd will have to use his seniority to lead his teammates to best utilize their talents. Boyd has almost 2,000 passing yards this season and 15 touchdowns, but the biggest obstacle the Tigers may face is getting past Florida State’s defense. Just last week, Clemson faced Boston College and had a hard time keeping up with the unranked Eagles. Put simply, the Tigers’ offense will have to be much better than that against the Seminoles.

For Florida State, Jameis Winston and company are coming off a bye week, which could help them in this contest. Players like Devonta Freeman, James Wilder Jr. and Karlos Williams are all volatile forces on offense, but Winston will need to be aware of Tigers defensive end Vic Beasley. On the flip side, Clemson will have to try to keep control of Kenny Shaw, Rashad Green and tight end Nick O’Leary.

Obviously both teams are looking to cement themselves as the ultimate ACC power, but the question is: can Clemson improve from the elementary performance we saw last week? And can the Seminoles stay focused in the scary environment of Death Valley? We can’t wait to find out.

Amanda Borges is a contributor to RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter!

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