Schedule favors Seminoles to play for national championship

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has the second-ranked Seminoles in good position to play in the national championship game.

WHO’S HOT

Florida State. Cue up the 1980s hit song by Starship, because nothing is going to stop the Seminoles now from playing in the national title game. Florida State has Syracuse, Idaho and Florida – 10-18 combined record – remaining before the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game. It’s only a matter of who the Seminoles will face for all the marbles.

 

WHO’S NOT

Florida. Gators have become a Miley Cyrus-like disaster – minus the twerking in jean shorts – losing four in a row. Florida now has to win two of its final three just to become bowl-eligible, and the Gators still have games against No. 10 South Carolina and No. 2 Florida State.

 

SHOUT AT THE DEVIL

Duke, which plays host to Miami at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, is in the thick of the ACC Coastal Division race with three games left. Should the Blue Devils win out and get a Georgia Tech loss Thursday, Duke will get the honor – if you want to call it that – of facing Florida State in the ACC Championship.

 

SHOW ME STATE WATCH

While Missouri is off this weekend, the Southeastern Conference East Division race will become clearer on Saturday after Georgia faces Auburn and South Carolina plays host to Florida. A Bulldogs loss – or Gamecocks loss – makes the division a two-team race. If Georgia and South Carolina both lose, Missouri has the inside track to Atlanta.

 

RANKING THE BIG FOUR

1. Clemson (8-1, 6-1 ACC). BCS expert Jerry Palm is projecting the Tigers to meet Oregon in the Orange Bowl.

2. South Carolina (7-2, 5-2 SEC. The Gamecocks own the nation’s longest home winning streak at 15 games.

3. Georgia (6-3, 4-2 SEC). Hutson Mason and Jonathon Rumph showed Saturday why the Bulldogs will be just fine next year.

4. Georgia Tech (6-3, 5-2 SEC). The Yellow Jackets are back in the Coastal Division race, at least mathematically.

 

THIS WEEK’S GAMES

Thursday

• Georgia Tech at Clemson, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)

• Morgan State at S.C. State, 7:30 p.m. (No TV)

Saturday

• Georgia Southern at Elon, 3 p.m. (No TV)

• Georgia at Auburn, 3:30 p.m. (CBS-Ch. 12)

• Florida at South Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

 

THIS WEEK’S STORYLINES

Clemson: The Tigers have won two of the past three against the Yellow Jackets.

Georgia: The Bulldogs have won three of past four games at Jordan-Hare Stadium and own a 15-10-2 record there over Auburn.

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets led by one in the fourth quarter last year before Clemson pulled away.

South Carolina: All eyes will be on the Auburn-Georgia game before the Gamecocks face the Gators.

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