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Old 10-19-2013   #1
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CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- After Clemson's great escape against Boston College, the third-ranked Tigers can finally focus on No. 5 Florida State and the Atlantic Coast Conference's first top-five showdown in eight years.

"It may be the biggest game in ACC history. We don't know," said defensive end Vic Beasley, who had a big scoop-and-score TD in the Tigers' 24-14 victory Saturday. "But our goal is to win a national championship."

It's the league's first matchup of top-five teams since No. 5 Miami defeated third-ranked Virginia Tech 27-7 in 2005. And Saturday night's winner in Death Valley will have another impressive line on its resume for the hunt for the national title.

"Obviously, we know it's a big game, got a lot of national relevance, conference relevance and all that," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Sunday.

The Seminoles (5-0, 3-0) are well rested and confident, coming off a 63-0 victory over Maryland and then an open date last weekend. Clemson needed a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to remain undefeated.

Tajh Boyd rushed for a 6-yard score with 13:44 left to put the Tigers (6-0, 4-0) ahead for good. Linebacker Tony Steward sacked Eagles quarterback Chase Rettig, who coughed up the ball into Beasley's waiting arms for a 13-yard touchdown.

When the final seconds ticked off, Clemson's players could finally do what many fans have since the Tigers opened with a 38-35 victory over then fifth-ranked Georgia on Aug. 31 -- talk about Florida State.

"Last year they got us, but I feel like we should have won. We're looking for payback," said Beasley, who has a career-best nine sacks so far this season.

Clemson was ahead 27-13 in Tallahassee last season in another top-10 matchup when the Seminoles rallied for a 49-37 victory.
I can't tell you how pumped I am for this game. It is the biggest ACC game in a long time and the first top 5 matchup of the college football season. Both programs have a great team this time around and it should be a fun game to watch. NFL talent will be on display all over the field in this one.

For the Florida State offense, it starts with redshirt freshman QB Jameis Winston. If you haven't had a chance to watch this guy play, do your self a favor and watch his first big game tonight. The guy is having a fantastic season. In five games he has thrown for 1,441 yards at 11.72 yards per attempt and a 73% completion rate. He has thrown 17 touchdowns to only 2 interceptions, and also has 2 TDs on the ground. We'll see how he plays in this one.

Watch out for LT Cameron Erving, WRs Kenny Shaw, Kelvin Benjamin, and Rashad Greene, RBs James Wilder, Devonta Freeman, and Karlos Williams when Florida State is on offense. Williams was the #1 safety coming out of high school and just recently moved to RB. He ran for a 60-something yard TD on his first career carry. That guy is explosive and could be a difference maker in this game. On defense, #7 Christian Jones is a heck of an ILB. If you are scouting inside linebackers for the Texans this year, check this guy out. He fits the 3-4 ILB role perfectly. DT Timmy Jernigan is another projected first rounder to watch.

For Clemson, it's all about QB Tajh Boyd, WR Sammy Watkins, and pass rusher Vic Beasley. Boyd has thrown for 1,783 yards at 9.64 yards per attempt and a 66.5% completion percentage through six games. He has thrown for 15 touchdowns to only 2 interceptions, and has also run for 5 TDs. I expect Boyd and Watkins (582 yards and 4 TDs) to be effective. FSU has some nice players in the secondary, but almost all of them are young and relatively inexperienced. The Beasley vs. Erving matchup should also be intriguing as both are projected first rounders.

Go Noles!
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I'll be watching. I'm not a huge college football watcher, but I do like to catch the big games. I've seen bits and pieces if these guys play and I'm interested in the qb match up more than anything else.
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Yeah, I'll b watching too. Since I don't have a dog in the fight I'll pull for the 'Noles in TS's honor. Good luck. Should be a good one.
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Players to Watch

CLEMSON

#10 Tajh Boyd, QB (could be Texans next QB)
#2 Sammy Watkins, WR (Jr)
#3 Vic Beasley, DE (Jr) Nat'l Sack Leader (9)

FLORIDA STATE

#7 Christian Jones, ILB
#20 Lamarcus Joyner, FS
#75 Erving Cameron, OT (Jr)
#54 Tre Jackson, OG (Jr)
#8 Timmy Jernigan, DT (Jr)
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TS, the Noles are going to win this one. Clemson (Dabo Swinney, What adult goes by Dabo?) always chokesin big games.
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Bill Murray was today’s celebrity picker on College GameDay and he used that opportunity to beat the crap out of 77-year-old Lee Corso. Then, for good measure, he threw a spear into the crowd.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoIu5WghtUU

http://guyism.com/sports/bill-murray...ars-crowd.html
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I cant wait for this matchup .... this one could be as good as the Clemson Georgia game in week one.
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I cant wait for this matchup .... this one could be as good as the Clemson Georgia game in week one.
You'd think so. I've truly enjoyed watching Georgia play in some great games this year.
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You'd think so. I've truly enjoyed watching Georgia play in some great games this year.
That had to be a hard loss for them today .... just so many guy's hurt at the skill positions on offense. They hardly look like the same team from earlier in the year.
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TS, the Noles are going to win this one. Clemson (Dabo Swinney, What adult goes by Dabo?) always chokesin big games.
I hope you're right. Clemson has won some big games in the past two years.
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Did you see that catch by Benjamin?
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That throw that Winston made to O'Leary just shows you his confidence. Risky throw because if it isn't thrown with pinpoint accuracy, it's a pick and maybe six.
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I'm sold on Winston. Dude is legit.

He would look so good in a texans uni.
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That throw that Winston made to O'Leary just shows you his confidence. Risky throw because if it isn't thrown with pinpoint accuracy, it's a pick and maybe six.
The thing that caught my attention so far is that he makes a lot of adjustments at the line.

I think he's even making some dummy calls. That's impressive for a freshman.

And then the physical ability. Good pocket presence.

He's shown to be the total package this year. I'm sure he has some weaknesses, but I honestly haven't seen them.
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Just looking at their faces....Boyd looks more frazzled than Winston.
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Just tuned in. Boyd doesn't look good.
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Just tuned in. Boyd doesn't look good.
He has looked a bit frazzled. Good drive by him and their offense right there though.

Time for some more Jaboo!

Just noticed that Rey and I both said frazzled. Kirk is saying erratic.
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Winston looks more comfortable in death valley than Boyd looks....great drive to keep his team in it though...
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That was not what we needed. Miscommunication. I like what Shaw was doing, not sure Winston read that properly.
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I'm curious as to how many schools blare music through their speakers on third down? A band playing is one thing, using your stadium speakers is another. I've never noticed it before.
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