The Clemson Tigers are in a bit of a sticky situation. They lost their star quarterback and at one point Heisman frontrunner Trevor Lawrence for two weeks due to a positive COVID-19 test. In that span, the Tigers nearly lost to the unranked Boston College Eagles and then fell to Notre Dame in double overtime. They’ve had a bye week since that loss and will return Lawrence back into action when they take on Florida State.
The Tigers offense was still impressive even without Lawrence and the Notre Dame game seemed to be an upset that was brewing for years. The defense has shown flashes of brilliance throughout the season and at other points, well, look at the Notre Dame game. For the rest of the season Dabo Swinney will expect to see the Tigers defense that allowed just 17 points to a Miami offense that has flash and flare and can run up a score against the best of them. A College Football Playoff spot hangs in the limbo for this Clemson team.
The Seminoles are having one of the worst seasons they’ve had in the last decade. FSU is just 2-6 in head coach Mike Norvell’s debut season. They have one good win against a then-ranked University of North Carolina but an uninspiring come-from-behind win against a Jacksonville State program who I didn’t realize existed until they played in that game. FSU doesn’t really stand a chance in this game, I’ll come right out and say it. The Seminoles should be embarrassed about their program over the last three years. They pushed out a coach who didn’t get a chance to get started, hired a coach that seems to have no business coaching at this level and has wasted the talents of top recruits around the nation. Florida can’t even call themselves a top-three program in their own state, look at Florida, Miami and UCF.
The Tigers need to show that they can win and they need to show that when they are playing a team that isn’t matched well against them. If Florida State hasn’t hit the lowest point in their program over the last five years, this game may be it. A culmination of poor program management and giving into boosters will yield the lowest this program has been since the pre- Bobby Bowden days. An ass-whooping is about to go down in Doak Cambell and it’s going to be really, really ugly for the Seminoles.
Clemson Key Players:
Clemson, Trevor Lawrence: Lawrence was riding high and looked to be running away with the Heisman Trophy in what will be his final shot at taking a crack at it if he declares for the NFL Draft. Lawrence lost out to Kyler Murray and then Joe Burrow and he will have to put up some truly special numbers in the remaining three games to battle back to the spot.
Florida State, It doesn’t really matter….
I may bet my mortgage on this one.
Clemson by a million
By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com