ESPN College Gameday had no other choice but to return to Clemson, S.C., for its second broadcast of the season there on Saturday.
The matchup of the No. 5 Florida State Seminoles and No. 3 Clemson Tigers has too many important storylines not to make it the feature game.
Because of both teams' undefeated records and high ranking, the game has obvious national championship implications. It also features two legitimate Heisman Trophy candidates at quarterback.
Florida State's Jameis Winston and Clemson's Tajh Boyd are in position to make a statement about their team's worthiness for national championship consideration, as well as boost their own individual status as Heisman front-runners.
It's going to be a big day in Death Valley. Here's how you can watch the ESPN College Gameday broadcast.
Date: Oct. 19
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Location: Clemson, S.C.
TV Info: ESPN
Live Stream: ESPN 3 or Watch ESPN App
Who Wins in Clemson?
When two high-powered offenses clash, the winner will likely be determined by the team whose defense plays the best. Despite being on the road, the Seminoles seem to have an edge here.
The Noles are ranked seventh in the nation and are one of just 10 teams allowing fewer than 300 yards of total offense per game. Boyd is the more experienced quarterback, however, and that could be a factor considering the freshman Winston will be playing in such a hostile environment.
Normally, this dynamic would be enough to give Clemson the nod at home, but Winston is no ordinary freshman.
He's already thrown for 1,441 yards, 17 touchdowns and just two interceptions. He's the real deal and poised to have a huge moment for himself, his teammates and the program. The Noles will win on the road.
Here's a look at one other marquee game, as well as predictions for every game on the Week 8 schedule.
No. 9 UCLA at No. 13 Stanford
This could be an example of two teams headed in different directions.
The Bruins are undefeated and riding high after squashing California, 37-10, in Week 7. The Cardinal were dealt their first loss of the season on the road against Utah.
While it was just one loss, the Utes aren't ranked. Meanwhile, the Cardinal just barely squeaked by a tough Washington Huskies team the week before. By comparison, the Bruins made the same trip to Utah and emerged victorious on Oct. 3.
There are clearly multiple reasons to be down on Stanford. Perhaps the most troubling trend is its declining defense. In 2012, defense was the Cardinal's calling card, but this year, the unit has been mediocre.
Stanford ranks 48th in the nation in defense and its offense isn't terribly explosive either, ranking just 72nd in the nation. That isn't a good look for Stanford as it head for its matchup with UCLA.
The Bruins should storm the field with Fallout Boy blaring from the loud speaker because they have been lighting up every opponent this season. Quarterback Brett Hundley has been the maestro for head coach Jim L. Mora's symphony.
Hundley isn't getting a lot of looks for Heisman Trophy consideration, but he has amassed 1,729 yards passing and 16 touchdowns for an undefeated, top-10 ranked team.
UCLA is fifth in the nation in total offense and hasn't scored fewer than 34 points in a game this season. The Cardinal's weakened defense can't contain the Bruins and the Stanford offense won't score enough points to keep pace in a shootout.
UCLA will win a big one on the road as well.
Week 8 Picks
Following are the predictions for the rest of the Week 8 schedule.
|Week 8 Schedule|
|Thursday, October 17|
|Time (ET)||Matchup||TV and Live Stream||Prediction|
|7:30 p.m.||No. 10 Miami (Fla.) at North Carolina||ESPN||Miami|
|Friday, October 18|
|8 p.m.||UCF at No. 8 Louisville||ESPN||Louisville|
|Saturday, October 19|
|12 p.m.||No. 11 South Carolina at Tennessee||ESPN, Watch ESPN and ESPN Mobile TV||South Carolina|
|12 p.m.||No. 15 Georgia at Vanderbilt||CBS||Georgia|
|12 p.m.||No. 16 Texas Tech at West Virginia||FOX Sports 1||Texas Tech|
|12 p.m.||TCU at No. 21 Oklahoma State||FOX||Oklahoma State|
|12 p.m.||Minnesota at Northwestern||ESPN2||Northwestern|
|12 p.m.||Purdue at Michigan State||BTN||Michigan State|
|12 p.m.||Southern Miss at East Carolina||ESPN3||East Carolina|
|12 p.m.||Southern Methodist at Memphis||ESPN3||Memphis|
|12 p.m.||Connecticut at Cincinnati||ESPNU and Watch ESPN||Cincinnati|
|12 p.m.||Navy at Toledo||ESPNEWS and Watch ESPN||Navy|
|12:21 p.m.||No. 22 Florida at No. 14 Missouri||ESPN3||Florida|
|12:30 p.m.||Syracuse at Georgia Tech||ESPN3||Georgia Tech|
|1 p.m.||Akron at Miami (Ohio)||ESPN3||Miami (Ohio)|
|1 p.m.||Army at Temple||ESPN3||Army|
|1 p.m.||Ohio at Eastern Michigan||ESPN3||Eastern Michigan|
|2 p.m.||Charleston Southern at Colorado||Colorado|
|2 p.m.||Ball State at Western Michigan||ESPN3||Western Michigan|
|2 p.m.||Colorado State at Wyoming||Colorado State|
|3 p.m.||No. 23 Northern Illinois at Central Michigan||ESPN3||Northern Illinois|
|3 p.m.||Kent State at South Alabama||ESPN3 and Watch ESPN||Kent State|
|3:30 p.m.||Iowa at No. 4 Ohio State||ABC, ESPN2 and Watch ESPN||Ohio State|
|3:30 p.m.||No. 24 Auburn at No. 7 Texas A&M||CBS||Texas A&M|
|3:30 p.m.||No. 9 UCLA at No. 13 Stanford||ABC and ESPN2||UCLA|
|3:30 p.m.||No. 18 Oklahoma at Kansas||ESPN, Watch ESPN and ESPN Mobile TV app||Oklahoma|
|3:30 p.m.||Indiana at Michigan||BTN||Michigan|
|3:30 p.m.||Maryland at Wake Forest||ESPNU and Watch ESPN||Maryland|
|3:30 p.m.||Brigham Young at Houston||ESPNEWS and Watch ESPN||BYU|
|3:30 p.m.||Duke at Virginia||ESPN3||Virginia|
|3:30 p.m.||Massachusetts at Buffalo||ESPN3||Buffalo|
|3:30 p.m.||North Texas at Louisiana Tech||CBS Sports Network||Louisiana Tech|
|6 p.m.||No. 20 Washington at Arizona State||Pac-12 Network||Washington|
|7 p.m.||Arkansas at No. 1 Alabama||ESPN and Watch ESPN||Alabama|
|7 p.m.||No. 6 LSU at Ole Miss||ESPN2 and Watch ESPN||LSU|
|7 p.m.||Iowa State at No. 12 Baylor||ESPNU and Watch ESPN||Baylor|
|7 p.m.||Old Dominion at Pittsburgh||ESPN3||Pittsburgh|
|7 p.m.||Georgia State at Texas State||ESPN3||Georgia State|
|7:30 p.m.||USC at Notre Dame||NBC||Notre Dame|
|8 p.m.||No. 5 Florida State at No. 3 Clemson||ESPN||Florida State|
|8 p.m.||No. 25 Wisconsin at Illinois||BTN||Wisconsin|
|8 p.m.||Nevada at Boise State||CBS Sports Network||Nevada|
|8 p.m.||Rice at New Mexico State||ESPN3||New Mexico State|
|9 p.m.||Utah State at New Mexico||New Mexico|
|10 p.m.||Washington State at No. 2 Oregon||FOX Sports 1||Oregon|
|10 p.m.||UNLV at No. 17 Fresno State||Fresno State|
|10 p.m.||Utah at Arizona||Pac-12 Network||Utah|
|10:30 p.m.||Oregon State at California||ESPN2, Watch ESPN and ESPN Mobile TV app||California|
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