The Clemson Tigers eked out a close 37-24 win in Tallahassee against the Florida State Seminoles to keep their hopes alive for the College Football Playoff. Zooming out to a 14-0 lead, the Tigers had to hold on as FSU rallied and took at 34-29 lead with just over 3 minutes to play. Clemson QB Deshaun Watson kept his cool, however, and matriculated the Tigers down the field, finishing with a 34 yard TD to Jordan Leggett for the go ahead points. He also threw a 2-pt conversion pass to Mike Williams.

For the game, Watson completed 27 of 43 for 378 yards and 2 TD’s while also throwing 2 interceptions. In addition, he rushed 17 times for 52 yards.

Watson has not been quite as spectacular this year and his steady play has been overshadowed by the pyrotechnics generated by Lamar Jackson at Louisville. But let’s not forget that Watson won the head-to-head battle over Jackson and that he was invited to New York for the Heisman ceremony last year. There is still a lot left to be decided in this college football season.

The Pittsburgh Steelers righted the ship Sunday night with a big win over the Kansas City Chiefs. QB Ben Roethlisberger was almost perfect, completing 22 of 27 passes for 300 yards and 5 touchdowns. The Steelers prevailed 43-14 and ran out the clock with Le’Veon Bell gaining much of his 144 yards in the second half.

After the big loss to the Eagles the previous week, the Steelers entered the game in an ornery mood and raced out to a 36-0 lead. Next week, Pittsburgh welcomes the New York Jets to the Steel City.

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The Philadelphia Eagles derailed the Pittsburgh Steeler express Sunday with a resounding 34-3 win over the previously undefeated Steelers. Rookie quarterback Carson Wentz calmly dismantled the Steeler secondary with 23 completions in 31 attempts for 301 yards and 2 touchdowns. When needed, he used his athletic ability to take off and run for critical yardage. This, coupled with a terrible performance by the Pittsburgh offense and defense, allowed the Eagles to control the game from start to finish.

Wentz becomes the first QB to start his career 3-0 without throwing any interceptions.

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The Louisville Cardinals put quite the beating on the Florida State Seminoles at Papa John Stadium Saturday, blasting the ‘Noles 63-20. It was the worst loss in FSU history.

At the center of this maelstrom of points was Louisville QB Lamar Jackson, who accounted for 5 touchdowns, 1 through the air and 4 one the ground. His dynamic play summoned up memories of Michael Vick’s days at Virginia Tech. Jackson ran 17 times for 146 yards and threw for another 216 on 13 of 20 passing. His coming out party on national TV has thrust him into the lead for the Heisman.

Louisville visits Death Valley to play Clemson on October 1st, which will go a long way to determine who will figure into the National Championship picture as well as feature a showdown between Jackson and Deshawn Watson.

The Pittsburgh Steelers looked good in winning their season opener on the road against the Washington Redskins 38-16. While QB Ben Roethlisberger and WR Antonio Brown were at the top of their game, the engine that powered the Steeler offense was RB DeAngelo Williams, who toted the rock 26 times for 143 yards and two touchdowns. With the absence of La’Veon Bell from the lineup, Williams filled in admirably and provided the Steelers with a solid and reliable running game.

The Steelers employed a bend-but-don’t-break type defense that allowed the Redskins to move between the 20 yard lines, but tightened up in the red zone. Ryan Shazier also had a spectacular interception before going to the sidelines with an injured knee.

The Steelers return home to face rival Cincinnati in a rematch of last year’s brutal playoff game that saw Bell and Brown knocked out of the playoffs with dirty hits from the Bengals.

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