CFB Gaming Previews

By Jeff Frank, Sports Analyst
2014 Regular Season Record: 10-6; Percentage: 63%

Saturday, September 20, 2014

CLEMSON (1-1) AT FLORIDA STATE (2-0), 8:00 PM (ET)

JUST THE FACTS


  • Stadium - Doak Campbell Stadium
  • Capacity - (82,300)
  • Surface - Grass
  • Series Record - Florida State (19-8)
  • Series Streak - Florida State has won the last two meetings
  • Last Meeting - October 19, 2013 (Florida State, 51-14 at Clemson)
  • Television - ABC

    TRENDS, HISTORY AND HINTS

  • Clemson - 3-2 ATS L5
  • Clemson - 2-3 ATS L5 on road
  • Clemson - 1-3 ATS L4 as underdogs
  • Clemson - 7-2 ATS L9 meetings
  • Clemson - 6-1 to the over L7
  • Florida State - 0-2 ATS L2
  • Florida State - 5-1 ATS L6 at home
  • Florida State - 0-2 ATS L2 as favorites
  • Florida State - 3-1 to the under L4

    WHO'S HURTIN

    Clemson - TE Sam Cooper (foot) and CB Martin Jenkins (ankle) are questionable.

    Florida State - QB Jameis Winston (suspension) is out. DTs Nile Lawrence- Stample (leg) and Justin Shanks (leg) are questionable. LB Ukeme Eligwe (foot), DT Eddie Goldman (leg) and CB P.J. Williams (hamstring) are probable.

    GAME ANALYSIS

    The Seminoles blew out Clemson, 51-14, in last year's meeting, but that was the first time they covered the spread against their ACC rival since 2008.

    Florida State may be the No. 1 team in the country, but the Seminoles have not played anywhere close to the level they were at a season ago. Last year's squad would not have defeated a depleted Oklahoma State team by just six points and then allow The Citadel to convert on 11-of-17 third-down attempts.

    The Seminoles returned four of their top six tacklers last year while this season's squad lost five of its top six. Florida State also is without two of last year's top three rushing and receiving leaders but, more importantly, QB Jameis Winston, who will serve a one-game suspension for his off the field actions during the week.

    Clemson gave Georgia a scare in the first half of its first game this season before losing, 45-21. The Tigers rebounded in Week 2 with a 73-7 rout of South Carolina State. They beat the Bulldogs by only 39 points in 2013.

    Clemson comes to Tallahassee with a remade offense from a season ago with the losses of its starting quarterback, leading rusher and receiver. However, Florida State now is in an almost-similar position with Winston on the bench.

    SPORTS NETWORK CHOICE: Take Clemson plus 10.5 points.

    OREGON (3-0) AT WASHINGTON STATE (1-2), 10:30 PM (ET)

    JUST THE FACTS


  • Stadium - Martin Stadium
  • Capacity - (32,740)
  • Surface - FieldTurf
  • Series Record - Oregon (48-36-7)
  • Series Streak - Oregon has won the last seven meetings
  • Last Meeting - October 19, 2013 (Oregon, 62-38 at Oregon)
  • Television - ESPN

    TRENDS, HISTORY AND HINTS

  • Oregon - 2-5 ATS L7
  • Oregon - 0-2 ATS L2 on road
  • Oregon - 2-5 ATS L7 as favorites
  • Oregon - 2-1 to the under L3
  • Washington St - 0-3 ATS L3
  • Washington St - 1-4 ATS L5 at home
  • Washington St - 3-1 ATS L4 as underdogs
  • Washington St - 4-0 ATS L4 meetings
  • Washington St - 6-3 to the over L9

    WHO'S HURTIN

    Oregon - T Andre Yruretagoyena (leg) is out. T Jake Fisher (knee) is doubtful.

    Washington State - WR Gabe Marks (head) and RB Theron West (disciplinary) are out. WRs Sebastian LaRue (personal) and Kristoff Williams (undisclosed) are questionable.

    GAME ANALYSIS

    The No. 2 team in the country (Oregon) takes to the road for the first time in 2014 against Washington State. The Ducks are 2-0 against FBS squads but they have not been as dominant as the 2013 squad was early last year. They struggled for a half against Michigan State at home and then 439 yards to Wyoming in a game the Cowboys turned the ball over three times.

    Oregon might be without its preseason starting tackles as Tyler Johnstone is out and Jake Fisher is doubtful.

    The Cougars are always in every game due to their style of play. They have scored 38 points or more in four of their last six overall contests and 24 points or more in eight of their last 10 at home.

    Washington State has averaged 29 points per game the last four meetings with Oregon. Expect the same type of production this evening, which means the Ducks need to score over at least 53 to cover. Don't count on it. In addition, the Ducks have failed to cover the last four meetings against Washington State.

    SPORTS NETWORK CHOICE: Take the Cougars plus 23 points.



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