Boyd top player midway through ACC season

Tajh Boyd has thrown 15 touchdown passes and run for five TDs to lead undefeated Clemson. (AP)

Tajh Boyd has thrown 15 touchdown passes and run for five TDs to lead undefeated Clemson. (AP)

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

SEC awards

Check out the SEC Midseason awards here.

Also, help Johnny Manziel pick out his Halloween costume.

8 comments Add your comment


October 17th, 2013
8:38 pm

FootballTopFan(c) congratulates Tuskegee Golden Tigers running back Hoderick Lowe for scoring four (4) touchdowns in their win over the Morehouse Maroon Tigers !!!

Hoderick Lowe is a true freshman from Grady High School in Atlanta, Georgia.


October 17th, 2013
4:12 pm

This game should be a fun one to watch! Superstar Veteran vs. Superstar Rookie…


October 17th, 2013
11:55 am

Famous Jameis has been impressive thus far, but Boyd is a known quantity.

Hard to argue with that logic.


October 17th, 2013
11:17 am

Boyd has a QBR of 73 in the NCAA, Winston is no 10. Noles roll in Clempson.

Andy Johnston

October 17th, 2013
11:02 am

O-My, nice predictions and vent.
ignition, Winston is putting up video game numbers, but he’s about to move the difficulty from Rookie to All-American.


October 17th, 2013
10:51 am

Falcons keep losing and they’ll get early picks to get one of those Ignitio!
Andy agree..both Boyd and Winston are Super players..also looking forward to game this week (battle of Boyd vs Winston) I like both teams..
1. FSU by 3
2. FSU by 7
3. VT by 9
4. Clemson by 14
5. Clemson by 6
6 Anybody over GT
7. Anybody over Falcons
8 Anybody over Braves
9 Anybody better than Wren and Fredi G
Braves players were stupid not to catch Chippers opening pitch..he did more for Braves than any player in in last 17 years…one of the best. Oh yes, he was right on 4 game play-off as was most fans. Sometimes it hurts to tell the truth.

Good day.

Max Sizemore

October 17th, 2013
9:42 am

Based on experience, Boyd is WAY ahead of Winston. He single-handedly took apart LSU in that bowl game last season.


October 17th, 2013
9:24 am

Come on FSU and Winston are putting up video game numbers.

I want the Falcons to draft Vic Beasley in the first and Attoachu in the second and that will sure up our pass rush & increase our versatility since they can both play as OLB’s/DE’s.