With 11 teams sending scouts to the primetime ACC matchup of Miami-Notre Dame, only six teams are attending the Clemson-Florida State showdown Saturday afternoon. They are the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, and San Diego Chargers. The Browns and Chargers are the only teams attending both games.
As always, eyes will be cast upon Deshaun Watson under center for Clemson. He has really come into his own the past three weeks, totaling 12 touchdowns to just one interception and is completing over 65 percent of his passes. At this point, it’s about nitpicking the Heisman hopeful’s skills.
If there’s one player for Clemson that will get more attention it’s his go-to receiver Mike Williams. He missed virtually all of last season due to injury but he has made up for that this year hauling in 39 passes from Watson for 578 yards and four touchdowns. He’ll be lining up against Florida State’s Tavarus McFadden who leads the nation with five interceptions. If Williams can beat McFadden’s aggressive coverage, he’ll really shoot up the draft boards after last year’s setback.
The Seminole offense will also be getting a fair share of attention with Dalvin Cook toting the football.
As a sophomore last season, Cook was just a few yards shy of 2,000 scrimmage yards. This year he’s on pace for 2,200 total yards having really turned on the jets the past few weeks. In the last four games, he has crossed 200 total yards three times and hasn’t had less than 100 yards on the ground. Last yer against Clemson he has 194 yards rushing, that’s the mark he’s looking to pass.