Tajh Boyd or Jameis Winston?
Winston or Boyd?
You can’t go wrong with either of them, but Boyd has been consistently great in carrying No. 3 Clemson this season.
There’s no way Clemson is undefeated without Boyd, which proves his worth to the Tigers. I’m not sure the same can be said about Winston, Florida State’s remarkable freshman.
Winston has been spectacular, but FSU might be undefeated with someone else at QB.
Boyd has completed 66.5 percent of his attempts for 1,783 yards, 15 TDs and only two interceptions, both of which came in the win over Syracuse. BTW, he also threw for 455 yards and five TD passes in that game.
He accounted for all five TDs — three passing and two rushing — in the 38-35 win over Georgia, all three TDs in a 26-14 win over N.C. State and rallied the Tigers in their 24-14 win over Boston College on Saturday. His 6-yard run in the fourth quarter was the go-ahead TD.
I look forward to seeing Boyd and Winston on the same field Saturday night.
Team of the Midseason
So far, so good for Clemson. The Tigers have had scares against Georgia, N.C. State and Boston College, but have displayed a new identity and desire. They might struggle against teams they should defeat, but instead of slipping up like in the past, they’re winning them this season. The defense has been surprisingly good — 10th in the nation in points allowed (16.2 a game) — and Boyd has done what it takes to win the close ones.
Surprise team of the Midseason
Maryland (5-1) had so many injuries at quarterback last season, the Terrapins had to move a linebacker behind center. They’ve received strong QB play this year from C.J. Brown and Caleb Rowe and could finish the season with 10 wins, if they can defeat Virginia Tech on Nov. 16. Make sure to check out WR Stefon Diggs, a true deep threat and dangerous return guy.
Surprise Player of the Midseason
Winston, right? You bet. The hope and hype was there, but Winston has surpassed that with a remarkable start to his career. Florida State hasn’t faced a top-ranked team or played in a truly hostile environment, so we’ll know a lot more about Winston after Saturday night’s game at Clemson. Nothing has seemed to affect him so far. Check out these stats: 1,441 yards passing, 17 TDs, two picks and a 213.9 passing efficiency, which have generated some Heisman hype.
Top Defensive Player of the Midseason
Clemson DE Vic Beasley finished strong last year, and has continued that momentum through the first six games this season. He leads the FBS with nine sacks and has generally caused havoc for any team the Tigers have played. At 235 pounds, Beasley is a smaller DE, but he’s developed an impressive bull rush to go with his superior quickness. Beasley has 15 sacks in his past 12 games and returned a fumble for a TD in the win over BC.
Freshman of the Midseason
More Winston love here. Honorable mention goes to Pitt WR Tyler Boyd (25 catches for 445 yards) and RB James Conner (354 yards rushing), who are off to great starts, as is Virginia Tech CB Brandon Facyson, who leads the ACC with four interceptions.
Top five games of the second half
1. Florida State at Clemson, Saturday
2. Miami at Florida State, Nov. 2
3. Virginia Tech at Miami, Nov. 9
4. Clemson at South Carolina, Nov. 30
5. Clemson at Maryland, Oct. 26
Also, help Johnny Manziel pick out his Halloween costume.