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Game of the Week: Florida State at Clemson
Two of the more popular clichés in sports are when a team is "caught looking ahead" during a "trap game."
Perhaps Clemson was caught looking ahead to Florida State during a trap game against Boston College last weekend. The Tigers needed a 14-point fourth-quarter rally to beat the Eagles 24-14 at Memorial Stadium.
Quarterback Tajh Boyd had his "worst" four-quarter game of the season. He finished 30-44 for 334 yards with a touchdown via the pass and one by calling his own number. His pass TD:INT ratio now sits at 15 to 2 and he's completing over two-thirds of his passes. The Tigers are 10th in the country in passing yards per game at 342 yards per contest. The 40.8 points per game are 18th in the country heading into Week 8. Now I know what you are thinking. Do any football teams play defense anymore?!
Yes, in fact, Clemson and FSU are pretty good at it. The Tigers are 10th in the country in points allowed. They have allowed 14-or-fewer points in five out of their first six games. Florida State has held opponents to 13-or-fewer points in four out of five games – 12.0 PAPG, third in the country.
Speaking of, the Seminoles were enjoying the perks that come with a BYE seven days before the ACC game of the decade. Seminoles' nation should give whoever created the 2013 schedule a standing ovation.
In an interesting plot twist, Boston College also fought Florida State for 60 minutes back in late-September. Now FSU managed to survive 48-34, but the Eagles did lead by 14 points in the second quarter before redshirt-freshman quarterback Jameis Winston torched their secondary for three touchdowns before halftime.
Speaking of Winston, in the team's last game he torched Maryland for nearly 400 passing yards and five touchdowns – both season highs. Florida State's balance on offense is scary with 320 passing yards and 228 rushing yards per game – both inside the Top 20.
We simulated the Seminoles and Tigers 101 times and it's Clemson winning 58.4 percent of the time by an average score of 26-23.
Game Fun Fact: FSU last beat Clemson at Memorial Stadium in 2001 when Jameis Winston was 7 years old.
Please note: Predictions were updated on 10/17 to correct several games that had differing predictions in the boxscore.
College Football Week 8
|Old Dominion Monarchs||5.0||7||Boxscore|
|@ Pittsburgh Panthers||95.0||45|
|@ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets||62.4||25|
|Florida State Seminoles||41.6||23||Boxscore|
|@ Clemson Tigers||58.4||26|
|Duke Blue Devils||53.5||24||Boxscore|
|@ Virginia Cavaliers||46.5||23|
|@ Wake Forest Demon Deacons||35.6||17|
|Miami (FL) Hurricanes||70.3||32||Boxscore|
|@ North Carolina Tar Heels||29.7||24|
|@ Ohio State Buckeyes||78.7||26|
|@ Michigan State Spartans||71.3||24|
|Minnesota Golden Gophers||34.2||20||Boxscore|
|@ Northwestern Wildcats||65.8||25|
|@ Michigan Wolverines||64.4||25|
|@ Illinois Fighting Illini||29.7||19|
|@ Buffalo Bulls||79.2||23|
|@ Toledo Rockets||52.0||27|
|@ Miami (OH) RedHawks||40.6||20|
|@ Eastern Michigan Eagles||29.7||20|
|Northern Illinois Huskies||74.3||30||Boxscore|
|@ Central Michigan Chippewas||25.7||22|
|Ball State Cardinals||82.2||35||Boxscore|
|@ Western Michigan Broncos||17.8||24|
|Washington State Cougars||15.8||18||Boxscore|
|@ Oregon Ducks||84.2||30|
|@ Stanford Cardinal||56.4||25|
|@ Arizona Wildcats||54.5||26|
|@ Arizona State Sun Devils||45.0||23|
|Oregon State Beavers||66.3||28||Boxscore|
|@ California Golden Bears||33.7||23|
|@ Alabama Crimson Tide||85.1||28|
|@ Texas A&M Aggies||61.4||27|
|@ Missouri Tigers||49.0||20|
|@ Vanderbilt Commodores||36.6||20|
|@ Ole Miss Rebels||36.6||21|
|South Carolina Gamecocks||67.3||28||Boxscore|
|@ Tennessee Volunteers||32.7||21|
|@ Notre Dame Fighting Irish||53.5||23|
|@ New Mexico State Aggies||28.7||20|
|Iowa State Cyclones||28.2||24||Boxscore|
|@ Baylor Bears||71.8||30|
|TCU Horned Frogs||42.6||22||Boxscore|
|@ Oklahoma State Cowboys||57.4||24|
|Texas Tech Red Raiders||69.3||31||Boxscore|
|@ West Virginia Mountaineers||30.7||25|
|@ Kansas Jayhawks||26.7||20|
|Southern Miss Golden Eagles||19.3||19||Boxscore|
|@ East Carolina Pirates||80.7||28|
|North Texas Mean Green||54.0||27||Boxscore|
|@ Louisiana Tech Bulldogs||46.0||23|
|@ Fresno State Bulldogs||82.7||31|
|Nevada Wolf Pack||26.2||23||Boxscore|
|@ Boise State Broncos||73.8||31|
|Colorado State Rams||45.0||27||Boxscore|
|@ Wyoming Cowboys||55.0||28|
|Utah State Aggies||65.3||28||Boxscore|
|@ New Mexico Lobos||34.7||22|
|Georgia State Panthers||17.8||17||Boxscore|
|@ Texas State Bobcats||82.2||29|
|Kent State Golden Flashes||49.5||24||Boxscore|
|@ South Alabama Jaguars||50.5||25|
|Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns||60.9||28||Boxscore|
|@ Western Kentucky Hilltoppers||39.1||25|
|@ Cincinnati Bearcats||69.3||25|
|@ Louisville Cardinals||61.4||29|
|@ Memphis Tigers||50.5||22|
|Army Black Knights||51.0||23||Boxscore|
|@ Temple Owls||49.0||22|
|@ Houston Cougars||39.6||22|
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