Like many of you, I surf the FSU sights, watch ESPN, listen to sports talk radio for anything FSU. I think I'm officially sick and tired of hearing about how other worldly Watkins, Hopkins, Ellington and Boyd are. Now don't get me wrong, I agree that they all are kids that would either start or compete to start at many school in the country (depending on the system for Boyd). What is really getting under my skin is how FSU's skill players are getting NO LOVE WHATSOEVER.
I'm going to break this down by unit, and compare them to the unit they will face up against on the other team. Please, break this down, disagree, or expand if you would like, because I really haven't found any articles, videos, or media types even recognizing what I'm going to attempt to break down. (Not that it hasn't been done. I just haven't seen or heard it.) I'm going to try and make this short so people will actually read it, but it could be very lengthy if I wanted to add all the details I feel could be important.
Clemson my have the advantage at the WR positions, but that's only because of the top end ability of Watkins. Greene is every bit as good Hopkins. Then after Hopkins who scares you? My honest opinion is that overall, our WR corps is much deeper. Our 2-5 WRs are much better than theirs. Not to mention the abilities of the secondaries they will face on Saturday. Not 1 DB at Clemson would start at FSU. I'm not sure they would crack the 2 deep either. My point is that Clemson should be every bit as worried about the big play reception as FSU. Please tell me if you disagree? Not to mention that Clemson doesn't have half the TE that they had in 2011 in Allen.
I'm going to keep the paragraph about the RBs short and sweet. Chris Thompson is every bit as good as Ellington and maybe better. Not 1 of Clemson's D linemen would crack FSU's 2 deep DL rotation, and 3 deep at DT (might be 3 deep at DE as well). Not sure they have a LB that would start at FSU either.
Boyd is a smart QB who runs his offensive system very well. Now if you tell me he's more accurate or mobile than EJ, I'll probably accuse you of being a Clemson fan. They run entirely different systems, so it's hard to compare them. I guess the question to ask is if you switched the QBs to the other teams tomorrow, who would be the most effective in their new system faster? Now I believe it's EJ by a mile, but feel free to disagree with me. I'm sure I would rather face Clemson's DBs and pass rush instead of FSU's as well. How about you?
My overall point is that while Clemson has some weapons on O, FSU does too...and more than Clemson. Let's look at the facts. FSU has the #2 scoring offense in the country while Clemson is at #23. I don't care that they played Auburn and we played Savannah State. Auburn is a horrible football team while we only played a little over 1 half of football against Savannah State. It's not like Ball State and Furman sit anywhere near the top of college football either. On the other side of the ball Clemson has the #34 scoring defense while FSU has the #1 scoring defense in the country.
I like our chances on Saturday.