Clemson Tigers at Florida State Seminoles (-14.5,
Already facing one of the biggest potential hurdles in its
national title defense, Florida State will have to take on
visiting Clemson with its Heisman Trophy quarterback on the
bench for the first half. The top-ranked Seminoles will play
the first half without Jameis Winston, who was benched for
disciplinary reasons after shouting a vulgar phrase on campus
Tuesday. Winston’s absence opens the door for the No. 24 Tigers
to claim their first victory over a top-ranked team.
The Seminoles are riding an 18-game winning streak and have won
15 straight against ACC foes, but Winston’s latest off-field
transgression has put them in a tough spot against a capable
conference opponent. “I did something, so I’ve got to accept my
consequences,” Winston said in a press conference Wednesday.
“We’re going to think about moving forward and winning the
game.” Sophomore Sean Maguire is expected to make his first
career start in place of Winston, who rolled up 444 passing
yards in last year’s 51-14 win at Clemson.
TV: 8:18 p.m. ET, ABC.
LINE HISTORY: At the Westgate LV Superbook,
the Noles opened as 20-point faves, but dropped to -16.5. The
total opened at 61.5 but is now 60.5
INJURY REPORT: Clemson – S Travis Blanks
(Questionable, knee). Florida State – LB Ukeme Eligwe
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “Clemson scored 73 points in
a win over South Carolina State, it’s highest points total in
33 years. The Seminoles run defense looked a little suspect
allowing 250 rushing yards to Citadel in Week 2.” Covers
Expert Jesse Schule.
WHAT BOOKS SAY: “This line has obviously been
affected by the Winston suspension. We dropped the spread three
points upon the news and it’s come down another 2.5 points
since. More than 70 percent of our bets have come on the
Tigers, but if it falls to -14 that should balance out
somewhat. The total has dipped five points from our opener as
67 percent of the action is on the Under.” John Lester,
ABOUT CLEMSON (1-1 SU, 0-0 ACC, 1-1 ATS, 2-0
O/U): The Tigers were shut out in the second half of a
season-opening 45-21 loss to Georgia, but they took out their
offensive frustrations on South Carolina State two weeks ago,
racking up 735 total yards in a 73-7 victory. Quarterback Cole
Stoudt has passed for 446 yards and just one touchdown while no
running back has more than 82 yards for the Tigers, who need
some playmakers to emerge to upset the Seminoles. Clemson will
look for star defensive end Vic Beasley to harass Maguire and
Winston and add to his 23 career sacks, the most among active
ABOUT FLORIDA STATE (2-0 SU, 0-0 ACC, 0-2 ATS, 1-1
O/U): The Seminoles have scored 30 or more points in
17 consecutive games, but that could be put to the test without
their star quarterback for a half. Winston’s absence also has
an impact on receiver Rashad Greene, whose 283 receiving yards
are the most in school history through two games. Luckily for
the Seminoles, they can lean on a stout defense that has been
especially strong against the pass, allowing 137.5 yards per
game through the air.
* Over is 6-1 in the last seven meetings in Florida State.
* Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last five meetings.
* Seminoles are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games.
* Home team is 12-4 ATS in their last 16 meetings.
COVERS CONSENSUS: According to Covers
Consensus, 62 percent of bettors are backing the visiting