Most compelling matchups in college football Week 9

8No. 2 Clemson at Florida State

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A rather soft schedule of late has the Seminoles entering this 3-1 in their last four. Unfortunately, Clemson could kill their newfound swagger in swift fashion.

Trevor Lawrence has lived up to the hype for the Tigers, enhancing the offense over departed incumbent starter Kelly Bryant. The freshman phenom provides Clemson a greater margin for error in its bid to remain undefeated.

It’s hard to envision Seminoles running back Cam Akers finding a lot of running room against the stupendous Clemson defensive front, headlined by probable first-round picks in end Clelin Ferrell and tackle Dexter Lawrence.

Akers is a talented back but just doesn’t have good enough blocking in front of him. Barring an epic, one-man-show-esque performance by Akers, Florida State has no chance in Tallahassee.