Let's go top-five thoughts on this matchup:
1. Quarterback now vs. quarterback future: Clemson's Tajh Boyd could punch his Heisman presentation invitation with a win and a decent performance. Florida State prodigy Jameis Winston could do the same, and even propel himself into the front-runner spot for next year with a big game. Mel Kiper said on ESPN earlier this week that if Winston has a big moment on the national stage on the road tonight, he also could move to the front of the 2015 draft class. Big stakes create big moments that are captured by big stars.
2. "Bo" nicknames face off: Dabo vs. Jimbo -- What is this, "Duck Dynasty"? Nope, the winner of this game has pole position on a BCS title shot. Sure, Alabama and Oregon likely will still be 1-2 in Sunday's initial BCS standings, but the Tide and the Ducks still have big hurdles ahead of them. The winner tonight between Dabo Swinney's Tigers and Jimbo Fisher's Seminoles is poised to be the next in line.
3. First-rounder on first-rounder: Mr. Sammy Watkins faces Lamarcus Joyner in a matchup that could be replicated for the next decade on Sundays. Watkins' skills in space are marvelous to watch. Joyner's ability to eliminate space is intriguing. Also, in a matchup of future Sunday players who will command contracts with multiple commas, Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley from Adairsville, Ga., and FSU tackle Cameron Erving will get to spend a lot of time together. Good times.
4. The atmosphere is going to be awesome in its awesomeness. When big-time college football venues host night games of this magnitude and get rocking like Death Valley will be rocking, there are few sporting events that are more enjoyable to watch. More good times.
5. Will Brent Musberger make a nationally televised pass at any coeds? Let's hope not. Still, it's better than Verne Lundquist, who in his beautiful and predictable mispronunciations would be telling us all about the quarterback battle between Taj Mahal and Jimmie Walker.
Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...
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