Originally written on In The Neutral Zone  |  Last updated 10/17/13
On Saturday night (8:00 pm Eastern ABC) the Florida State Seminoles are set to travel up the road to face the Clemson Tigers for a top five clash in perhaps the biggest and most anticipated matchup in Atlantic Coast Conference history. Riding on the line in the mammoth game is just about every lofty stake imaginable – Heisman Trophy implications, ACC title implications, and national title implications. Whichever team can prevail this weekend in Death Valley Memorial Stadium promises to set itself up as ideally as possible for a realistic run to Pasadena for the BCS title game; this weekend’s clash appears to be the most daunting obstacle remaining on either team’s schedule. And this weekend’s game promises to pose one of the most difficult challenges of the season for FSU’s redshirt freshman QB Jameis Winston. Up to this point, Winston has been nothing short of sensational and has performed phenomenally for a signal-caller in only his first half season starting at the age of nineteen years old. But undoubtedly this looming environment will be entirely different for him – the stakes are magnified immensely in what promises to be an electrifying atmosphere. Jameis Winston’s astounding performance through the first six games has been the subject of discussion reverberating throughout the national landscape following the first half of the college football season. He has amazed fans and outside observers with his remarkable level of play, considering his classification and prior lack of playing experience heading into the season. Perhaps most impressive up to this point has been the mental side of Winston’s game, as he has exhibited an unflappable command and composure from such a very early stage in his career. Consider his first ever career collegiate start and playing experience for him – on the road in Heinz Field against the Pitt Panthers. Right from the jump, Winston displayed his unique ability; he connected on his first fifteen consecutive passes, showing no apparent nerves or butterflies whatsoever. This weekend’s showdown in Death Valley promises to be largely dictated by which field general outshines the other, a monumental clash between FSU’s Winston and Clemson’s Tajh Boyd. Very minimal evidence exists to suggest that Winston will be rattled or weighed down by the enormous magnitude and implications of the game. That being said, playing at night in front of a sea of orange promises to test his mettle and to pose his stiffest challenge to date. 2 total views, 2 views today
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