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Answering the Five Questions For Florida State Against Clemson

Looking back at the five questions I had before the Clemson game and answering them.

1. How does FSU defend the slot?

Florida State did a very good job of defending the slot. Clemson receiver Artavis Scott caught 9 passes for just 40 yards on Saturday. Javien Elliot did a very good job of being physical despite his size, and there was usually a safety over the top to help Elliot in coverage. 

2. Who plays QB for FSU and can they move the ball?

Sean Maguire got the start, and he struggled mightily against the Clemson defense that came in to the game No. 1 against the pass. Maguire finished just 16-29 for 164 yards and 1 interception. Maguire missed multiple down field throws, and really never got into any sort of a rhythm. His interception came in the red zone and really changed the momentum of the game.

3. Can FSU contain Deshaun Watson?

Florida State did a very good job of containing Watson early, but as the defense wore down, Watson was heating up. Watson finished 28-42 for 297 yards and 1 touchdown. He ran for 107 yards on 16 carries as well. It was a very impressive performance for arguably the best quarterback in college football.

4. Can FSU run on the Clemson defense?

Florida State answered that question on the second play of the game. Dalvin Cook broke off a 75-yard touchdown run to put the Seminoles up early. Cook finished with 194 yards on the ground. Clemson stacked the box in the second half, and held the Seminoles to just 45 yards on 11 rushes. 

5. Can FSU stop Wayne Gallman? 

Like Watson, Gallman started to heat up late in the game. He finished the game with 103 yards on 22 carries and the game clinching touchdown. Gallman wasn't able to get anything going early, but he kept running hard. It took it's toll on the Florida State defense late in the game. 

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