[8:07 PM] #3 Clemson @ #12 Florida State

Who will WIN this matchup?

#3 Clemson Tigers (7-0)

@ #12 Florida State Seminoles (5-2)


Current odds:

Clemson Tigers: (-220)

Florida State Seminoles: (+180)


ESPN simulations have Florida State as XX% favorites to win the game.

XX% of sports bets are currently on Clemson to win as (TBD) underdogs.

The line for this game is Clemson by 5 points.

For seven straight years, the winner of the annual showdown between Clemson and Florida State has gone on to win the ACC Atlantic Division. The third-ranked Tigers can take a big step toward continuing that trend with a victory Saturday over the No. 14 Seminoles, who need to pull off the upset at home to preserve any hope of reaching the ACC title game.

Watson gives the Tigers a flashy star on offense — and Clemson ranks 18th nationally with 304.9 passing yards per game — but a dominant defense has carried the Tigers at times. Clemson ranks in the top 10 in the nation in total defense, scoring defense and passing defense, and the Tigers average a whopping nine tackles for loss per game. If there is a weakness its the run defense, which will have its hands full trying to slow down Cook.

Cook ranks ninth in the nation in rushing yards (900), but the Seminoles have displayed decent balance with Deondre Francois under center. The redshirt freshman quarterback threw two touchdowns in a road win at Miami and passed for 319 yards and a score in last week’s win over Wake Forest. The Seminoles’ downfall against quality opponents has been their defense, allowing 530 total yards or more in losses to Louisville and North Carolina.

The home team has won 12 of the past 14 games in the series, and Clemson has not won at Florida State since 2006.

Clemson has recorded at least one sack in 37 consecutive games dating to 2013.

Cook needs 100 yards to become the seventh player in ACC history with three consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons and the first since Wake Forest’s Chris Barclay from 2003-05.


StreakSmarts Pick: #3 Clemson Tigers

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick