Clemson-FSU Stats Scope: Who Has The Head-To-Head Edge?

    The Atlantic Coast Conference has been heavily dominated by two teams for a long time: the Florida State Seminoles and Clemson Tigers.  The Seminoles

    November 6, 2015

    The Atlantic Coast Conference has been heavily dominated by two teams for a long time: the Florida State Seminoles and Clemson Tigers. 

    The Seminoles and Tigers are the only two teams in the ACC that have each been ranked in the AP Top 25 in at least 20 seasons since entering the conference. FSU has won 15 conference championships while Clemson has won 14 championships — the only two schools to win the ACC championship more than 10 times.

    While the historical record lies in FSU’s favor at 20-8, the last 10 games have been split evenly between the two programs. Although Clemson hasn’t won since 2011.

    Entering the 2015 matchup, the Tigers are the No. 1 team in College Football and the favorite to top Florida State. The Seminoles were slotted at No. 16 — the same spot the Ohio State Buckeyes started at in last season’s CFP rankings before going on to win the whole thing.

    Both have national championship aspirations this year — even with FSU’s one loss to an unranked Georgia Tech team. But let’s see how both teams square up against each other in another stats scope.

    Clemson Offense vs. FSU Defense

    Deshaun Watson leads Clemson’s passing offense, which ranks No. 33 in the nation. Watson has thrown 20 touchdowns to seven interceptions, and he’s completed 70.5 percent of his passes for 1,945 yards. Sophomore wide receiver Artavis Scott leads the team with 47 receptions and 514 receiving yards.

    The FSU defense ranks No. 24 overall and has allowed 1,472.8 passing yards and 10 passing touchdowns in eight games this year. Senior defensive back Lamarcus Brutus has two of FSU’s six interceptions.

    The Tigers’ rushing offense is headlined by sophomore running back Wayne Gallman, who has 861 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 158 carries. That’s an average of 5.4 yards per carry and a touchdown for every 22.6 carries. Watson has also rushed for 386 yards and four touchdowns.

    FSU’s defense may only allow 139.4 yards per game and given up only four rushing touchdowns on the season, but the Seminoles are ranked No. 83 in turnovers forced and No. 38 in rushing defense.

    FSU Offense vs. Clemson Defense

    It’s uncertain who will start at quarterback for the Seminoles heading into the Clemson game. Everett Golson has been cleared to play after suffering a concussion. Sean Maguire, who filled in for Jameis Winston last season to beat the Tigers, could be under center. Golson has completed 67.1 percent of his passes for 1,659 yards and 11 touchdowns. He’s also only thrown one interception. Maguire has thrown 4 touchdowns in three games this year.

    Clemson’s passing defense is led by Cordea Tanksersly, who has three of the the Tigers’ 10 interceptions this year. Dabo Swinney’s squad has given up 169 passing yards per game and only nine passing touchdowns. Opposing teams have only completed 44 percent of their passes against Clemson’s secondary.

    FSU’s ground attack is led by star sophomore Dalvin Cook, who has 1,037 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on 128 carries this season. But Cook missed FSU’s last game against Syarcuse and could miss Saturday’s game against Clemson. If he does, FSU would rely on freshman Jaques Patrick, who rushed for 162 yards and three touchdowns against Syracuse.

    The Tigers’ rushing defense is ranked No. 14 in the country, though, meaning the Noles might need to lean on the air attack a little bit more. Clemson has only given up 879 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns this year. The Tigers have also recovered five fumbles while the Noles have only lost one fumble on offense.

    Key Stats

    The Seminoles have been penalized 12 times and 166 yards more than the Tigers this season.

    FSU has given up 17 sacks and only recorded 18 sacks; Clemson has given up 12 sacks and recorded 24 sacks.

    Clemson has converted 46.2 percent of third downs on offense, which is good for No. 18 in the country. FSU’s defense is ranked No. 50 with 36.4 percent of third-down conversions allowed.

    MORE: Florida State-Clemson Prediction, Game Preview


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