I know it was against UMass but this is also the kind of performance that Florida State should have had against Jacksonville State, and we all know how that game turned out.
The Noles rolled against a cupcake squad at the perfect time as they take the road to face a limping and bewildered Clemson team.
Which team will arrive in Death Valley, though? Will it be the team that played with heart and went down to the wire against the likes of Notre Dame and owned the contest against North Carolina? Or will it be the squad that struggled against Jacksonville State and got railroaded by Wake Forest?
Here’s what the guys at College Football News think will happen on Saturday.
Florida State (3-4, 2-2) vs Clemson (4-3, 3-2) Preview
Why Florida State Will Win
The running game has kicked it all in.
All of a sudden. the season has turned around with a three-game winning streak thanks to well over 200 yards on the ground in each one – with 365 yards last week against UMass – as the team plays with more and more confidence.
With the running comes the overall control – the offense is converting on third downs now. That was a big, big problem in September, but now everything is moving with 19-of-34 conversions over the last three games.
And then there’s the other team’s offense – it’s a mess.
Raise your hand if you thought by late September that Clemson would have the nation’s 115th-ranked offense and DJ Uiagalelei would be/might be benched?
Why Clemson Will Win
Can the defense get it back?
That was the galling part about the 27-17 loss to Pitt. Besides being the first double-digit regular season defeat since the 2014 season, the one positive about this year went away as the D allowed over 400 yards for the first time.
But the talent and upside are still there as long as the offense is able to do something.
Syracuse is running wild on everyone – it only gained 165 yards on the Tigers. Georgia was held to 121, Georgia Tech was held to 95, and for the year, no one has hit the 170-yard mark on the ground.
Florida State can throw a little bit, but if it’s not running wild, it can’t win this.
What’s Going To Happen
Clemson’s offense hasn’t pushed past 21 points against any FBS team this year.
The defense will bail the team out by swarming all over the Seminole backfield and preventing the big, gashing runs that this offense can crank up, but it’s still going to be like pulling teeth to get the other side to put this away.
Date: Saturday, October 30
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC
How To Watch: ESPN
A dismal week of pick’s last weekend as we barely finished above .500 with so many close games. Can we rebound for another perfect weekend? Time will tell as we are calling at least one upset on the day.
No secret who it is either.
Saturday, October 30th
|#17 Pittsburgh vs Miami||PITT 41, MIA 32|
|Georgia Tech vs Virginia Tech||GT 34, VT 29|
|Syracuse vs Boston College||SYR 29, BC 24|
|Clemson vs Florida State||FSU 27, CLEM 23|
|#13 Wake Forest vs Duke||WAKE 41, DUKE 31|
|#11 Notre Dame vs North Carolina||ND 29, UNC 24|
|NC State vs Louisville||NCST 27, LOU 21|
|#25 BYU vs Virginia||UVA 34, BYU 31|
Last Week’s Picks: 4-3
Year-to-Date Record: 49-23 (68.06%)
We’re keeping our fingers crossed for a great slate of games and we’ll check back in next week and hopefully not cringe at the results.
And if you missed it, check out our latest episode of the “Laces Out” series here.
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Information for this post was obtained from College Football News.