10/19/2013 10:15 AM
Time to get the info on Florida State and Clemson flowing
Perception has changed dramatically since the Golden Nugget released its games of the year over the summer. Then, the book made Clemson a 2-point favorite over Florida State, and took money on the Tigers that pushed it to 3 before the line settled at 2.5.
Fast forward to this week. FSU opened as a 3-point road favorite, despite the Seminoles' inability to win in Death Valley since 2001. And most of the early action is on Florida State, according to Nugget sports book supervisor Aaron Kessler.
As of Thursday, however, the line remained a field goal nearly unanimously throughout Nevada. The total is around 64.5.
"It hasn't crossed any key number, but it's still a big move," Kessler said of the 5-point swing. "Florida State has impressed a lot of people. I remember watching that first game against Pitt and thinking we are seeing the next superstar in Jameis Winston. I did not expect him to be this good this fast.
"He's got great pocket composure, makes all the throws, has power and accuracy," Kessler added. "I think he's going to be the best pro quarterback out of everybody in college now, including Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel."
All the redshirt freshman has done is complete 73.2 percent of his throws for 1,441 yards and 17 touchdowns with two interceptions, for a ridiculous 213.9 rating (second nationally). He's also rushed for two scores. Winston has been just as impressive as Clemson senior Tajh Boyd, who's accounted for 20 touchdowns and two interceptions.
ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit said Winston has not been tested like he will be Saturday in front of 82,000 mostly hostile fans.
"How will he handle the environment?" Herbstreit said. "How will he handle the noise?"
This game will not only clarify the Heisman race. It will decide the ACC's Atlantic Division and keep the winner alive for the national championship. It's being called the biggest game in ACC history for good reason.