Clemson Football: Winners and Losers from Tigers' Win vs. Florida State
Last Saturday, the Clemson Tigers defeated the Florida State Seminoles by a score of 35-30. Clemson is now 4-0 and have some big wins on their resume. Florida State is now 2-2 and needs to start stringing together some wins in order to be considered a top team again.
Here are the winners and losers from this past weekend's action.
Loser: Florida State Rushing Attack
In large, Florida State's rushing attack this season has been a weak point of this Seminole team. Five star running prospect James Wilder Jr. has yet to receive much playing time and Chris Thompson managed to only gain 36 yards against Clemson.
Florida State has now been exposed by Oklahoma and Clemson and arguably looks like a team that does not deserve to be ranked in the top 25.
Winner: Clemson Coach Dabo Sweeney
In his short head coaching career, Dabo Swinney has been on the receiving end of heated criticism by the Clemson faithful. This year he has his team currently at 4-0 with two big wins. One over reigning National Champions, the Auburn Tigers, and another over the favorite in the ACC, the Florida State Seminoles.
Next week Clemson heads into Blacksburg, Virginia in a much anticipated matchup of the top two teams in the ACC. This should be an interesting game.
Winner: Clemson Quarterback Tajh Boyd
This story looks eerily familiar to last year. A big dual threat quarterback leading a team thought to be mediocre in the conference they are in, winning multiple close games against top opponents, then going on to win the Heisman Trophy and winning the BCS Championship.
I'm not saying that Tajh Boyd is Cam Newton or that the Clemson Tigers will be able to do what the Auburn Tigers did last year, but if these first four weeks are any indication of whats to come, who knows?
Loser: Florida State's Postseason Hopes
Florida State is arguably an injury away from being 4-0. Instead, their starting quarterback, EJ Manuel, hurt his shoulder and the team is now 2-2 with some key losses to their resume.
This team had high hopes coming into the season that they could potentially not only win the ACC title, but also play in the BCS Championship game. Now neither of these goals may come to fruition and Florida State may have a minor setback as a program.
Winner: Clemson Wide Receiver Sammy Watkins
Last fall, Sammy Watkins had his eyes focused on trying to play in a high school state championship. Now this true Freshman has his eyes looking ahead to a potential ACC Championship.
Against Florida State, Watkins had 141 receiving yards with two touchdowns coming off of eight receptions. He has done nothing but impress and is positioning himself to potentially become the ACC Offensive Player of Year as a Freshman.
Congrats young guy, keep it up.