One of the season's premiere matchups, from the Atlantic Coast Conference, nonetheless.
Saturday's collision of No. 3 Clemson and No. 5 Florida State features dueling quarterbacks: Tajh Boyd, the veteran rocket-armed senior who put off the NFL to return for one final season, and "Famous Jameis" Winston, a freshman five games into his career who already is generating Heisman and national championship hype – if not this year, before he leaves the college game.
What's at stake? A shot at the ACC championship, a possible berth in the BCS National Championship Game, if things go right, a trip to New York for the Heisman ceremony.
"When the game comes, you can't think about, are you going to mess up? Are you going to make mistakes? You just have to go in there, take it by the wings and let it go," Winston said during a Wednesday press conference.
His play backs it up. Winston has proven himself as a cool-headed leader with a Houdini-like ability to escape trouble.
Clemson will be his first challenge against a top 10 team.
"I know he's listed as a redshirt freshman, but he doesn't look like a freshman. He looks like a full-grown man to me," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said during his Wednesday press conference.
Clemson and Boyd have already faced a top 5 test in its season opener, defeating Georgia, then ranked No. 5.
Through six games, Boyd ranks No. 12 in the country in total offense, averaging 328 yards per game.
"Great players are consistent in how they perform. His decision making, his athleticism, his arm, all of that is great attributes, but what makes him a great player is he does it every week. He's consistent in his performance," Florida State Jimbo Fisher said about Boyd.
Winston is not far behind, ranked 21st, averaging 315 yards per game.
One thing's for sure: we've canceled our Saturday night plans for this one.
The fun kicks off at 8 EST on ABC.
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