This offseason we will count down various topics from Monday through Friday, bringing you the top five of the important and definitely some not so important issues in college football. It's the Doc Five, every week until we will thankfully have actual games to discuss.
We have reached May 19, which means we are officially 100 days away from the beginning of the 2014 college football season when Abilene Christian faces Georgia State on Aug. 27. To keep the college football discussion on the tip of our tongues, we’re keeping up with some themes for our weekly Doc Five.
On the heels of the NFL Draft last week we brought you the top individual seasons from players who went undrafted. This week, with Memorial Day and Memorial Day Weekend on the horizon, we’ve really begun the peak of grilling season. We’ll definitely be lighting up the grill this weekend, so that got us thinking about teams who really got lit up over the past five seasons, especially when we were expecting a great matchup or expecting an entirely different outcome.
We know that the Memorial Day connection is probably a stretch, but we’re going to run with it anyway.
TOP FIVE UNEXPECTED BLOWOUTS
No. 2 Clemson (vs. Florida State, 2013)
Did you think we were going to have a list of unexpected blowouts and not have Clemson on it?
October's showdown was a referendum for both teams, not only for the ACC but for the BCS Championship Game picture. The winner had an inside track to both titles. The loser, well, the loser was going to be hoping the winner screwed up a few times the rest of the way.
And while the game was a toss-up before kickoff, you could have made a convincing case for Clemson. Namely, the Tigers were at home with a senior quarterback in Tajh Boyd and were hosting a redshirt freshman quarterback in Jameis Winston. If there was ever a time Winston was going to be rattled in the regular season, this was going to be it, right?
No. Winston and the Seminoles torched Clemson in Death Valley, 51-14, setting up an undefeated run to the BCS Championship Game.
Winston got a little yards-after-the-catch help from his friends, but his stats were eye-popping. The Heisman-winner finished 22-34 for 444 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. After the game, Rashad Greene, who had eight catches for 146 yards and two scores, had this to say.
“I don’t consider him a freshman,” Greene said. “That’s a grown man.”
(Though after April's Publix incident, the statement may only apply to Winston's on-field decision making.)
While Winston succeeded, Boyd struggled. In the biggest game of his career, he was 17-37 for 156 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. He also fumbled, and it was returned for a touchdown.
In hindsight, the blowout doesn't look surprising; Florida State clearly had the mojo of the 2013 and there's a reason Clemsoning became a verb. At the time, a Seminole win wouldn't have been surprising. But the way it happened? It was a stunning Saturday night.
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