In their first real test of the season, Florida State hosts ACC rival Clemson Saturday night at Doak Campbell Stadium.
The No. 4-ranked Seminoles trounced Wake Forest 52-0 last week. Florida State has now held opponents scoreless for 10 consecutive quarters, and only given up three points in their three games.
Senior running back Chris Thompson was unstoppable against Wake, gaining 197 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries in the contest. The 5-foot-8 speedster scored on runs of 74 and 80 yards successively, which gave the Seminoles a 38-0 halftime lead. Thompson played only 20 minutes and did not see the field in the second half.
The fast-paced Tigers offense scored on five of their first six possessions last week as they drubbed Furman 41-7.
Receivers Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins and running back Andre Ellington are the core of Clemson’s offense and last week all three showed why against Furman. Watkins missed the first two games with injury, but roared back with seven catches for 95 yards. Ellington contributed 589 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Hopkins has been quarterback Taj Boyd's top option, as he's caught 26 passes for 319 yards and four touchdowns.
Florida State must have last season's meeting on their mind. Watkins scorched the Seminoles, catching seven passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns in Clemson's 35-30 win.
The game begins at 8pm and will be broadcast by ABC.
Betting Odds: Florida State is favored by 15 points; Over/Under: 56 points
Prediction: The Seminoles have not faced an offense like Clemson’s yet this season, which puts their scoreless quarter streak in jeopardy. Clemson must spread the ball among their weapons, and keep Florida State’s defense guessing. This should be a shootout that comes down to the fourth quarter, and Florida State prevailing by a touchdown.
Predicted Score: Florida State 31, Clemson 24