Preview: Clemson at Florida State

When: 8:00 PM ET, Saturday, September 20, 2014
Where: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Florida


Already facing one of the biggest potential hurdles in its national title defense, Florida State will have to take on visiting Clemson with its Heisman Trophy quarterback on the bench for the first half. The top-ranked Seminoles will play the first half without Jameis Winston, who was benched for disciplinary reasons after shouting a vulgar phrase on campus Tuesday. Winston's absence opens the door for the No. 24 Tigers to claim their first victory over a top-ranked team. 

The Seminoles are riding an 18-game winning streak and have won 15 straight against ACC foes, but Winston's latest off-field transgression has put them in a tough spot against a capable conference opponent. "I did something, so I've got to accept my consequences," Winston said in a press conference Wednesday. "We're going to think about moving forward and winning the game." Sophomore Sean Maguire is expected to make his first career start in place of Winston, who rolled up 444 passing yards in last year's 51-14 win at Clemson.

TV: 8:18 p.m. ET, ABC. LINE: Florida State -17.

ABOUT CLEMSON (1-1, 0-0 ACC): The Tigers were shut out in the second half of a season-opening 45-21 loss to Georgia, but they took out their offensive frustrations on South Carolina State two weeks ago, racking up 735 total yards in a 73-7 victory. Quarterback Cole Stoudt has passed for 446 yards and just one touchdown while no running back has more than 82 yards for the Tigers, who need some playmakers to emerge to upset the Seminoles. Clemson will look for star defensive end Vic Beasley to harass Maguire and Winston and add to his 23 career sacks, the most among active FBS players. 

ABOUT FLORIDA STATE (2-0, 0-0): The Seminoles have scored 30 or more points in 17 consecutive games, but that could be put to the test without their star quarterback for a half. Winston's absence also has an impact on receiver Rashad Greene, whose 283 receiving yards are the most in school history through two games. Luckily for the Seminoles, they can lean on a stout defense that has been especially strong against the pass, allowing 137.5 yards per game through the air.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Florida State has scored 80 more touchdowns than its opponents during its 18-game winning streak. 

2. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has six wins against top-10 teams, one behind Danny Ford for the most in program history. 

3. The Seminoles are 22-0 under coach Jimbo Fisher when rushing for 200 yards or more. 

PREDICTION: Florida State 26, Clemson 20


 
 

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Clemson 1-1 W1 47.0 26.0 1-0 0-1 1-1 0-0 0-0
Florida State 2-0 W2 37.0 21.5 1-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 0-0

Last Meeting

Clemson Florida State
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/19/13 FSU 51 CLEM 14 326 123 203 565 121 444

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
CLEM T. Boyd 45.9 156 1 2
FSU J. Winston 64.7 444 3 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
CLEM R. McDowell 11 61 5.5 0
FSU D. Freeman 21 84 4.0 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
CLEM S. Watkins 8 68 8.5 1
FSU N. O'Leary 5 161 32.2 0
TDs Player TD
CLEM C. Stoudt 1
FSU R. Greene 2
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
CLEM C. Stoudt 63.3 446 1 1
FSU J. Winston 70.1 626 3 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
CLEM W. Gallman 11 82 7.5 0
FSU K. Williams 32 132 4.1 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
CLEM A. Scott 8 205 25.6 2
FSU R. Greene 15 283 18.9 1
TDs Player TD
CLEM C. Davidson 2
FSU N. Andrews 1

Quickchart Matchup

Clemson Off vs  Florida State Def
513 yards
343 yards
3.8 yards/rush
4.2 yards/rush
8.9 yards/attempt
6.5 yards/attempt
Florida State Off vs  Clemson Def
485 yards
251.5 yards
4.8 yards/rush
4.9 yards/rush
9.1 yards/attempt
3.3 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-110
0
-110
63.5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports
-105
-14.5
-110
60
Sportsbook
-105
-14.5
-110
60
5Dimes.eu
-105
-14.5
-105
59.5
GTBets.eu
-110
-14.5
-110
60
Top Bet
-105
-15
-110
60
BetOnline.ag
-108
-15
-110
60
BetDSI
-105
-14.5
-110
60
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF
Belmont
-105
-14.5
-110
60
BookMaker.eu
-105
-14.5
-110
60
Vegas Odds
Westgate
-110
-16.5
-110
60.5
Mirage
-110
-17
-110
60.5
Station
-110
-17
-110
60.5
Best home line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Clemson Overall Florida State
1-1-0 W/L 2-0-0
1-1-0 ATS 0-2-0
2-0-0 O/U 1-1-0
47.0 Pts For 37.0
26.0 Pts Against 21.5
Clemson A/H Florida State
0-1 W/L 1-0
0-1-0 ATS 0-1-0
1-0-0 O/U 0-1-0
21.0 Pts For 37.0
45.0 Pts Against 12.0